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Science Fiction IllnessTurned Real. Novel Brain Damage Falsely Labelled *Psychogenic

*misdiagnosed as obsessive compulsive psychosis

Stephen Cattier, sufferer of the condition and author of web site. Wivenhoe, Essex, UK, 2007. Hoping untrue. Comic words added to photo of Stephen. Cheddar Gorge, UK May 1976.    

This is a true story. My extremely serious and bizarre brain injury has been misdiagnosed as mental illness since December 1974 - currently obsessive compulsive psychosis. The affected nerves malfunction but are not dead. It was caused by an unknown to science type of mental nervous exhaustion allowing them to become further injured by non faulty Limbitrol 5 (amitriptyline and chlordiazepoxide) in just nine or ten days. My mind and body became suddenly  temporarily paralysed. Basically, the severely reduced amount of nerve fuel only allows my muscles, mind, speech and emotions to safely function for limited periods. Over-depleting it causes more nerve damage and a sudden relapse. Improvement occurs in between them. I have spent a total of four years in psychiatric hospitals with it.  I currently give the appearance of behavimg normally, mostly, but am only three seconds away from another bedridden relapse if I were to keep my eyes closed if insufficiently tired or interested  in doing it enough. Likewise the same thing would occur attempting any movement or thought. The interest opens the nerves' injured fuel gates is the best way to describe  the mysterious way  it works.

Copyright Stephen Cattier 1998. All rights reserved.

Site updated 25/07/2020 21:44 GMT

United Kingdom resident.  Year of birth: 1951.

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  1. Introduction, history, causes for the exhaustion, plus current and some past symptoms.

  2. Symptoms from October '74 to first week of December when the nervous exhaustion event conmmenced.

  3. December '74 to exacerbation of the brain damage in '75.

  4. January '75 onwards, plus report in REDBRIDGE GUARDIAN and INDEPENDENT newspaper, Wanstead and Woodford, London, of ill-treatment I received in Claybury Hospital, Woodford Bridge, Essex (issue of September 24, '76, Vol. CV11, No. 5559, page 1). Newspaper report of the '76 B.B.C. Radio 4 item highlighting my Claybury experience.

  5. Author's religion and the illness. I was baptized one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1969.

  6. Medical test results including eight EEGs (brain waves) with diffuse abnormalities. EEG 22/03/79, "...raises the possibility of subacute sclerosing leucoencephalopathy." Doctors' reports of author when an outpatient.

  7. The author's photos.

  8. Open Mind magazine article about my case, issue No. 60, Dec. '92/Jan. '93, page 14.

  9. The latest news in my becoming diagnosed.

  10. The author's videos clips.

  11. My sister Janet's web site comprising of her musical compositions and poems.