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Cant figure out the problem.



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Dec 23, 2008
I am 23. I have the following symptoms but I cannot figure out the problem. Please help

* I am unaware and unattentive to everything that is happeing around.
* I find it difficult to concentrate at what people are saying and they generally have to repeat it twice for me to understand it.
* I get confused very easily.
* I respond to questions in a very slow speach and with frequent pauses. Most of the time I pause for long when I am recollecting some name or object. It takes longer to recollect anything. I generally forget things easily.
* When in public or with friends I am not listening but my mind is wandering. If someone asks what I am thinking about, then I forget what it was. Its like my mind is blankly wandering. I find it difficult to communicate as my mind is always without a thought.
* Unless someone asks a question there is nothing else that triggers me to speak.
* When I force my mind to concentrate and remember what people are saying my mind feels tired.
* Even when writing down some text. I keep deleting, modifying it. It has taken me quite some time to put these down these statments correctly.
* My communication is sometimes jumbled in which I speak the central idea first and then I describe the objects related to it to make people understand what I was talking about.
* I am indecisive always and cannot make major decisions easily. I will postpone most of them as much as possible to avoid making them at that instance. Sometimes I think option 1 is better than option 2 and then after sometime it will be other way aorund. I wouldnt be writng about this but a lot of people have pointed out this problem of mine.

* I used to be very depressed as a child and used to cry frequently then. I did not have many friends and used to be quite always.

Because of these problems I havent been able to socialize. Please help.

Need advice on what the problem could be and which type of consultant can help.


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Dec 16, 2007
hiding behind the sofa
Firstly welcome to the forum Zapp:welcome:

We cant solve the problem or diagnose for you but we can point you in the right direction for help. Im not sure whether youtr male or female which means hormones could come into it. And yes they can give off those symptoms

Are you on any medication or do youdrink a lot or take illegal drugs. Dont get me wrong im not accusing just getting the bigger picture. Are you at work .

I do think the best thing you could do is see your GP. If your embarrassed write it down like you have on here and explain how upsetting the feeling is.

Take care:tea:


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Jul 21, 2008
Hi Zap, and welcome to the forum. :welcome:

The first best thing to do is see your doctor and try to discuss what you've just written here. Can you print it out?
No one here can diagnose you.

I hope your doctor can help you. Best wishes. :)


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Dec 23, 2008
Thanks for the answers. Just to let you know, I dont take any meds nor do I do any illeagal drugs. I do drink but only occasionally (once or twice in a month). There is some history of mental illness in my family though. I dont want to go on meds so I did not go to a doctor. I fear the doctors may prescribe some medecine which may make the situation worse. I am sorry but I have seen that happen in my family.
I am not expecting any diagnosis through the symtoms I have described. I understand that diagnosis is much more complicated process and cannot happen over the net :). I wanted to know if some more people have similar symptoms specially being blank, inattentive and forgetful most of the time and if they got cured through some non drug therapies. It has really affected me socially and in my work. Being present physically but not mentally, everywhere I go, is not such a good feeling.


Hi Zap - on a practical basis - anything which grounds you; or helps you to be more physically present could quite possibly help. Maybe exercise. Being around nature; walks etc. Just a thought. Personally I find alternative therapies very helpful & therapeutic.

I recently posted this on another forum from a web site - it just reminded me of this thread; I am not implying that you have "schizophrenia" - just that maybe something of this may help.

Source - http://www.edgarcayce.org/health/database/health_resources/schizophrenia.asp


In keeping with the holistic philosophy of the Edgar Cayce readings, the following is a therapeutic model which addresses the dimensions of body, mind and spirit. In the simplest possible conceptualization, this approach can be represented as:

1. Establish a therapeutic milieu with an emphasis on "spiritual" qualities, such as patience, gentleness, altruistic service, etc., while simultaneously providing opportunities for growth and development. Outdoor activities in the sunshine and fresh air are also emphasized. Companion therapy is sometimes necessary to implement and maintain a therapeutic milieu.
2. Provide somatic (physical) interventions which address the fundamental physical dimension of this disorder. Manual medicine (such as osteopathy, chiropractic and massage), electrotherapy (including vibratory metals), diet, exercise, and appropriate pharmacology play a crucial role in the physical treatment of schizophrenia.
3. Utilize suggestive therapeutics to rebuild and redirect the mental processes of the client. Various cognitive and behavioural techniques are employed in conjunction with naturalistic hypnosis so as to apply the principle "mind is the builder."


Joseph Campbell observed that the schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. Edgar Cayce made the same observation in his readings (e.g., 281-24).

Cayce himself was a mystic who swam in some rather deep waters. The philosophy presented in his psychic readings is consistent with a long tradition of thought called the "perennial philosophy." As with all versions of the perennial philosophy, Cayce's perspective is expansive and comprehensive.

The terms "dementia praecox" and "schizophrenia" are of relatively recent origin when one takes the larger view. Throughout the ages, peoples of all cultures have recognized insanity. It is the interpretation of the various forms of psychosis which sets the modern viewpoint apart as distinctive.

To appreciate this distinctiveness, we must take into consideration the world view (and even the cosmic view or cosmology) of other cultures, both ancient and modern. At the crux of this distinction lies our beliefs about the origin of our species, the nature of reality, and the meaning of life. In other words, what constitutes reality?

Modern medical science (including psychiatry) is derived from and based upon a materialistic view of reality. That which is real is physical, or at least can be measured in a physical manner. From a materialistic viewpoint, reality is substantial.

This is no small point when we are determining someone's sanity. In fact, the clinical assessment procedures used to determine sanity are heavily weighted toward a materialistic interpretation of reality. As has been noted, to be "out of touch" with material reality is by psychiatric definition, to be psychotic.

The Edgar Cayce readings on schizophrenia acknowledge that persons experiencing psychotic symptoms are out of touch with material reality and find it difficult to maintain the activities of daily living. Therefore, Cayce considered schizophrenia to be an illness. Yet, he also noted that such individuals are closer to the "universal" or divine consciousness than most sane individuals.

To explain the mystical aspects of schizophrenia, Cayce often relied on terminology from perennial philosophy of other cultures and times (such as Hinduism, yoga, etc.). Thus, his readings on schizophrenia sometimes make references to kundalini, karma, possession and so forth.

The various therapies recommended by Cayce for this illness were not only directed toward nervous system regeneration and coordination, but also tended to help the afflicted persons to be more focused in material reality. Much emphasis was placed on simple, physical activities to assist these individuals to be more incarnate in their bodies and to attend to the physical world.

Two books describing Edgar Cayce's perspective on schizophrenia have been published. The Treatment of Schizophrenia: A Holistic Approach is a scholarly work written in APA (American Psychological Association) style. Case Studies in Schizophrenia is a less technical work describing individuals who sought Cayce's help in cases of schizophrenia. Both books were written by David McMillin and are available from A.R.E. Press of Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Hey Zap,

While I was reading your post I couldn't help but ask myself if I wrote the post. I'm also 23 and share the majority of your problems. Mine have been somewhat off and on though. Along with what you've said, I've also been getting ridiculously insecure and self-conscious. I've never been a shy person and these problems have only started to arise within the past 3 years or so. They tend to occur during the winter which is why I was thinking it may be Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, I live in the desert where there is little to no seasonal changes so that was a pretty stupid self diagnosis. Since it's started this year, I've had two instances where I got back to my normal self (outgoing and fairly witty, at least I like to think so). The first time was when I approached my university's counselor to discuss my problems. I didn't even end up having a sit down with her, just scheduled an appoint but afterwards I felt great. After a day or so, however, the symptoms surfaced again. The second time happened two days ago. I stayed up all night in order to attend my 8:30 class and get my sleep schedule back in order and throughout the whole day, I was fine. I don't really know what I'm getting at, I was just hoping that maybe you've gotten some answers concerning what our problem may be. And I saw that you were wondering if anyone shared your symptoms, well here you go =)


Hi Zapp and welcome to the forum

it must feel like you are missing out a lot on life through this.
a lot of people go through this but if it is really affecting your life then something has to be done to take the focus of it eh.
there could be many reasons for you feeling like this, anything from a nutritional deficiency to anxiety which show symptoms of lack of concetration amongst others;
Psychological symptoms can include:

* insomnia
* feeling worried or uneasy all the time
* feeling tired
* being irritable or quick to anger
* an inability to concentrate
* a fear that you are going "mad"
* feeling unreal and not in control of your actions (depersonalisation), or detached from your surroundings (derealisation)

some people try to help themselves by doing brainteasers that are aimed at helping with concentration and focus, But if it through some sort of anxiety then the root must be acknowledged, which may be thaat you are worried about this, so taking measures to help may lessen the anxiety levels..
this site is quite good, not sure if it will help ease your mind, but is a self help site.

other than that not sure.


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Hi Zapp and :welcome: to the forum.

I can identify with some of your problems, but as the others have said we are not qualified to deal with your problem up to suggesting a diagnosis. It would be good for you to talk with your GP, he/she may be able to offer an alternative to meds if necessary
Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

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