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All this and Art, too

Posted by Bob (not Dr.) on September 7, 1999, at 9:57:08

In reply to Re: Mania and fat seahorses, posted by Noa on September 7, 1999, at 5:36:16

The place I found the info about HPA was at:

So, someone is at least checking into the
possibility of reversing the atrophy.

Maybe art is a way of doing it. Who knows?
Apparently all the learning classicists are
right to some extent -- if you don't use it,
you lose it (so go out and exercise that brain
like the muscule it really is! =^P) Anyway, it
reminds me even more of how I've got to update
my web site ... I was hoping to start some web
ring or something (we have enough of those already)
that gathers art therapy related pages...not by
art therapists, but by those who use the web as
a medium for expressing what's going on in our
minds. Not necessarily places for catharsis or
for peer support, but more for educating everyone
else out there what it is like to have one of
these brain disorders.

Anyway, if there's more interest in this, let's
start a new thread....

Meanwhile, back to the original question:

All I know is that my IQ (as measured by
standardized tests) has dropped two
standard deviations from when I was
15 or so. Hippocampal atrophy? Maybe. Just another
effect of being depressed? Maybe again. Also in
the "All I know..." category is that my
cognitive functioning has varied considerably
from cocktail to cocktail. Thankfully, its near
a highpoint right now, but mostly on higher-
order stuff like synthetic reasoning. My short
term memory has gaping holes in it at the same
time. I just can't remember appointments and such--
I can hardly remember to write them down or to
check my calendar for what's up. (And my boss
can't seem to understand how such "simple" thing
is so easy to botch... grrrrrrrr.)





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