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 Marcia Purse

My Right Ear

By November 13, 2012

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A few weeks after my mother died in 2008, a chorus began humming in my right ear every time I wasn't already listening to music or talking to someone. This quickly became very irritating. I had enough to deal with in planning a memorial service, dealing with the complexities of my mother's estate, and cleaning out the house my parents bought more than 47 years ago to put it on the market. I didn't need a chorus - one that couldn't even always sing the right notes! - constantly singing repetitive tunes in my ear.

This is an entry from my online journal, I'm Bipolar, that I started writing the day I was diagnosed.

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November 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm
(1) Kathleen Pottle Brannon says:

Hi Ms. Purse,
Great set of posts on a topic seldom addressed. There is a new book by Oliver Sacks (“The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” “Awakenings,” etc.) called “Hallucinations” that talks about how common hallucinations are, not just for people with mental illness but for the general population. It has lots of great stories of people’s hallucinations and much information on the nature of them. I think it’s important for people with mental illness to know many of their symptoms are shared with non-ill people but to different degrees or in different combinations.

Perhaps you could mention the book in the posting?

Thanks for all your efforts on behalf of those of us with bipolar.

November 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(2) mmddlove7 says:

Jeepers! I have had this too, guess everyone who reads it has all of the eccentric symptoms that display themselves as bipolar?? I began seroquel, the ringing is less now, my writing is creative more than it used to do and I hang onto thoughts better focused, and am as well not paranoid anymore, do not have panic disorder symptoms as pronounced, and rarely take any migraine with aura meds, ie vistaril….Bipolar is the same for lots of folks, but with treatment of lithium c for 33 yrs and now seroquel for 4 montths I am not feeling weird in the morning, can now drink coffee without getting hyper and am totally convinced that seroquel works with my body quite well. I cannot remember having many hallucinations, dreams are what get me going sometimes…..with drinking lots of water with seroquel and lithium, i no longer hear voices in the morning, I would say the hallunications lend themselves to schizophrenia with bipolar that you are concerned with. Pick and choose your psych well and you will find relief from all of the bipolar symptoms and be able to think straight in a productive and consistent manner… Good Luck to you and hope to read more of your posts..

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