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Re: Article on Brain Laterality and Emotions

Posted by Adam on November 13, 1999, at 13:49:31

In reply to Re: Article on Brain Laterality and Emotions, posted by Bob on November 12, 1999, at 22:54:03

I've wondered about the brain laterality thing myself and how it might be tied to
my emotions. I have the penmanship of a second-grader at best, the spelling skills
of a sixth-grader, maybe, and I can't draw a straight line to save my life. The way
I write the small letter "e" literally makes people laugh because I do it "backwards."
I remember in undergrad getting a perfect grade on my first O-Chem exam and a C on my
second one because the second one focused on stereochemistry. In physics you could
pick me out of a blurry picture pretty much because I was always the guy waiving his
hand around in the air trying to get the right-hand-rule to work. I never had a
problem grasping the concepts, but the execution sometimes could be extremely
frustrating, and it was my O-Chem professor who pulled me aside because he figured
something was amiss. I wasn't comfortable with the idea of "dyslexia" because for the
most part I did fine, typed everything into a word processor anyway, and if it took
me two hours to do the assignment instead of one, I just took the two hours. I didn't
want to be given extra time on exams because I didn't feel I was all that impaired,
but as I grew in understanding of depression and OCD as potentially stemming from
differences in the structure of my brain, I wondered if all of it, the spacial
difficulties, the endless loop of OCD, and the emotional troubles, might stem from
a single source that manifests itself in a variety of symptoms. In other words,
"depression", "OCD", maybe "dyslexia", all appearing in the diagnostic manuals as
separate and unrelated, are all intimately related in the structure of my brain, and
have the same genetic source. Very wild speculation, but something I've thought of.




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