Tree's Journey

By Coconut · Nov 25, 2008 ·
  1. Coconut
    Hello dearest SWIMmers. I have eventually decided to use my blog, not to indulge in the emo lifestyle by ranting about how the attractive male adolescent in my educational grouping does not reciprocate the new feelings I am experiencing (boo hoo ;_; *cut*), but to document the course of what I perceive to be an illness or disorder from which a friend of mine has been suffering from for some time. Henceforth I will refer to this friend as "Tree".

    A quick summary of his symptoms are:

    • Extreme and excessive lethargy/sleepiness, completely unrelieved by sleep and rest
    • Inattentiveness - mind constantly wanders
    • Staring off into space, daydreaming, to such an extent that directly addressing the person may be met with no response
    • Procrastination
    • Forgetfulness
    • Easily triggered boredom
    • Very distractible
    • Disorganisation
    • Cognitive difficulties - feeling as though intelligence is being blocked, cannot sustain mental effort for long periods of time
    • Derealisation - reality seems artificial or fake
    • Few emotions
    • Common headaches, feelings of being hungover despite not consuming any alcohol
    • Heart palpitations (may not be related)
    It must be noted that these are experienced at levels far beyond that which any normal human should experience them.

    So far, Tree has determined that his symptoms fit Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Predominantly Inattentive Type, also known simply as ADD, as well as Sluggish Cognitive Tempo. He feels that all of his symptoms are somehow linked.

    Inattentiveness etc have been present for as long as he can remember, although maybe not so much in the earliest part of his childhood.

    Chronic lethargy, he believes, appeared around the time of puberty.

    He used to suffer from extreme depression around 2005/2006 and during this time he suffered the loss of an immediate family member. Although his depression has been mostly overcome, perhaps the most extreme symptoms are a form of psychological damage stemming from this period of time? Or are the result of suppressed emotions? Just random hypotheses.

    His diet seems to be fine in relative terms. He loves fruit, vegetables and milk and seems to take in enough vitamins and minerals. He is overweight by about two kilos and these seem to be disappearing.

    Blood tests confirm that he is not anaemic and that cell counts and haemoglobin levels are fine. Hooray for that.

    On the subject of the palpitations, an echocardiogram a couple of years ago apparently confirmed a healthy heart.

    He is currently seeing a psychiatrist and his next appointment is in two weeks - should also have the results of a thyroid gland function test.

    I'll try to keep this updated with all relevant information on the course of his treatment.


    Also worthy of mention is the fact that his obsessive interest in psychedelics stems from this condition: he initially began researching LSD and magic mushrooms last year, believing that they might hold the key to unblocking his consciousness.

    He sees methylphenidate as a potential treatment (which may only treat the symptoms, in which case it is an acceptable temporary solution).

    Caffeine has no psychostimulating effects whatsoever, unfortunately.

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