Posted by Mitch on January 15, 2002, at 9:54:30
In reply to Re: (musical hallucinations) » Mitch, posted by IsoM on January 15, 2002, at 0:45:12
> < < "When I become hypomanic (I am BPII), it is dramatically increased along with time and space distortions. I really believe these are subtle temporal lobe epilepsy symptoms. Mitch"
> Mitch, I think you've got it right. My hearing music is very mild but otherwise it sounds like what everyone else is describing.
> I tested high on the Subsyndromal epilepsy questionnaire but when one son tested himself & we talked about, he said he could actually visualise, or 'see' the images but he knows they're not hallucinations. He enjoys them as it helps him write if he sees what he's describing.
> It sounds like your hearing music is audio-hallucinations that come with this type of epilepsy.
IsoM, I don't think I am having *seizures*. I went to a neurologist about three years ago and had an EEG and had that "BEAM" experimental brain mapping thing done. He didn't find any seizure activity, but said I had a "flat-spot" that could be a head injury and that my left frontal lobe was hypofunctional (which is consistent with my ADHD). I think what is going on is something like "cross-talk" among circuits in your brain. I believe SSRI's indirectly increase functioning in the right temporal lobe (which I belive has to do with musical memories, processing, etc.) which explains most of it. I remember years ago when I was not taking ANY meds (and was quite hypo)I could walk to school and *play* an entire record through my head. There was even times where I could "play" one tune and then "play" another tune with it or change the drums, etc.
Another bizarro thing is my difficulty finding *names* for people I know quite well. Yesterday, at work I was sitting there snapping my fingers trying to think of someone's name I have known well for years. But, OTOH, I have an increased sense of "arrangement" or "pattern"-it is difficult to explain-it is like I "pick-up" patterns easily out of nothing.