It suddenly dawned on me today that almost all of the struggles I have faced over the 45 years of living on this planet have purely been the result of my brain not working in a way that would be considered ‘normal’. I placed the word normal in quotes because I don’t really think that there is an objective sense of a normal brain. I just know that a lot of my issues would be solved if my brain worked the way that it seems to in other people. It has taken years for me to accept that it is okay to be different, but at the same time realising that I needed to change the behaviours that were self destructive and those that negatively affected the people around me.
Over the years I have officially been diagnosed with the following conditions:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Autism Spectrum Condition (specifically Asperger’s Syndrome)
There is some debate about the nature of fibromyalgia. Currently there is no known physiological cause for fibromyalgia; all known medical tests show that there are no abnormalities in the body. A study published in 2014 (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283346.php) suggests that ‘fibromyalgia is linked to abnormal activity in parts of the brain that process pain signals and link them to other regions’. As this is the current thinking for fibromyalgia I will include it in my discussions.
Initially on this blog I will talk about my history and experiences with each of these conditions separately and then go on to talk about my daily challenges. I hope I don’t appear to be self indulgent in my posts. At the moment the purpose of this blog is for me to document my experiences and maybe learn something from it.