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Am I still crazy if at least some part of my dysfunction is potentially curable? Yes, probably so.

Originally posted on A Canvas Of The Minds:

DeeDee newThat I have a mood disorder goes unquestioned; the true nature and biological aspects of cause are up in the air. Besides the usual childhood traumas and genetic influences, it looks like hormones are in part to blame. Don’t start any hating about stigmatizing women’s normal, natural cycle, because I’m not talking about a normal experience.

I’m talking about a set of oversensitive physiological responses to and/or chronic imbalances of basic hormones like adrenaline, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. The kind of sensitivity to adrenaline, for example, that means I can’t have medications containing epinephrine (aka adrenaline, often found in injectable local anesthetics, to reduce bleeding) because it immediately sends me into shock. It took awhile to figure that out, during which time I became thoroughly conditioned to have panic attacks at the dentist’s and oral surgeon’s offices as a matter of course. My body’s over-reaction to epinephrine presents as…

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