Hi There! I am Leigh (A pseudonym, albeit not a good one). I am from Atlanta, Georgia. I'm a little bit of an oddball. I am a neurology enthusiast as well as a regular patient of both neurology and psychiatry and have intense knowledge of both subjects. I have
[More] symptomatic Arnold-Chiari, Type I as well as a tic disorder. My interest in medicine started when I was in 7th grade when I learned that years prior, in the midst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic my uncle had succumbed to the disease, which began my interest in HIV/AIDS. My interest then shifted to all infectious diseases, especially viruses in 8th grade when I learned a lot about the CDC, NIH, USAMRIID, and epidemiology, and wanted to work at one of them. That same year, I started having symptoms of anxiety, depression, and hallucinatory events. It wasn't until around age 15 that I gained an intense interest in neurology after I experienced an acute dystonic episode after being given Haloperidol, as well as some other equally if not more disturbing symptoms, under a psychiatric hold. I was experiencing intense anxiety, panic, paranoia, hallucinations and illusions. I am now quite stable psychiatrically on an exceptionally lighter antipsychotic but during this time I was reclusive, fearful, paranoid, and sometimes psychotic. My inability to function bred my interest as I wanted to figure out why my neck had seemingly tried to break itself while on Haldol, as well as the intense memory loss I had experienced on it. I learned everything I could about the drug, psychosis, and all of it's side effects. This lead me to learn more about movement disorder, brain injury, the prefrontal cortex, the history of psychiatry (which is not at all a pretty one) which pushed me on a major Neurology Kick. Soon, I became obsessed with learning everything I could on the subject, it was my only vice, and I didn't have to leave my room, I had so many books on the subject plus the whole World Wide Web at my fingertips. I since have reentered high school and am now a senior. I have learned a lot about various diseases, disorders, and functions of the CNS, PNS, ANS, and SNS, as well as Muscular health (Kinesiology), Genetic diseases, and psychiatry. I would like to go into health services of some kind. Why did I spend so much time learning about this? I don't know,
something just clicked. Some kids learn everything they can about sports, I did the same with medicine. I am 17.5 years old. I'm here to help and get help (I need advice, particularly on my Chiari Malformation)
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