Game Time

April 7, 2010

It’s that time of year – baseball season. To celebrate, I’m studying psychiatry and neuroscience.

Yesterday we had a lecture on personality disorders. I found out I’m hypomanic with symptoms of OCD, schizotypal, and histrionic disorders. At least I now understand an former coworker, who I’ve diagnosed as borderline with a dash of avoidance issues. Also, I think a few friends might be paranoid and/or narcissistic… If you think I mean you, you’re probably right.

On the neurology side of the coin we’ve covered anatomy, infections, strokes, & tumors. When I was 16 I went on a trip to Israel, where I experienced my first bout of puppy love with a Canadian who looked like a Backstreet Boy. The last day of the program I had a sudden fever, headache, and chills. Rather than spend my final moments in the arms of my sweetheart, I was rushed to an ER in Jerusalem. The Swedish neurologist decided – given the symptoms – I might have meningitis. Incidentally, this would have been caused by Neisseria meningitidis, you bacterial jerk. They gave me a spinal tap. I have no idea if the doctor understood the cusses I screamed at him later (histrionic I tell you). Future clinicians, take heed: romance, the middle east, and lumbar punctures do not mix well.

One more thing worth mentioning from that trip – a great friendship with my buddy Zack.  Today’s his birthday! All the best Gov. Also, happy birthdays to Will, Pat, and Jeff. There musta been something in the water 27 years and 9 months ago…

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3 Responses to “Game Time”

  1. Jess Says:

    Alright Roz darling — this post necessitates a comment from the social work perspective (also because my 28th birthday is coming up soon too!).

    In order to diagnose Personality Disorders, you must have evidence (from family, psych or medical histories, etc.) that the symptoms began in early life — usually childhood or adolescence — and constitute “an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual’s culture, is PERVASIVE and INFLEXIBLE, is stable over time, and leads to distress or impairment” (DSM-IV-TR, 2000, p. 685). You, my dear, can be deviant, but you do not have a Personality Disorder — in my professional (student) opinion.

    That’s all…just wanted to keep us all from diagnosing (especially a PD) too quickly.

    Love and hugs,
    Jess

    • buramoe2 Says:

      i ❤ you 🙂 did you know that the DSM V is coming out between 2012 and 2013? Yeah, I'm on the edge of my seat too.

  2. the gov Says:

    Thanks for the birthday love!

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