posted on Jul, 24 2010 @ 05:31 PM
reply to post by TroyB
I have to agree with what you have said about the way that most people tend to filter a lot of information out. (I am paraphrasing you; I hope that's
I have a form of epilepsy. I say "a form" because not all epileptics collapse on the floor and thrash about, and I'm one of those who is spared
that. (Perhaps it might have been better if I did, as my actual condition went undiagnosed -- or better put, misdiagnosed -- until I was well into my
thirties and so life up till then was rather difficult, shall we say.)
But anyway, like autism and some of the other conditions where the brain seems to be wired a bit differently, it does affect my perception,
precognitive levels and empathy (very intensely) and hence how or what I filter. So, in that respect I can appreciate what this girl means when she
mentions banging her head and so on. I can also appreciate how difficult it is to feel more-or-less trapped in a life where I know perfectly well what
I'm thinking but at times I'm simply unable to express it, or where sometimes bits of time just seem to vanish and then others stretch out. I'm
also a synesthete, so that adds a little spice to the mix as well.
I have long been fascinated by people who have unusual mental processes and oddly enough, even before I was diagnosed myself, I spent some years as a
professional providing remedial services to people who had learning "disabilities" -- mainly with reading. I found that in most cases while
"disability" might have been the correct term from society's standpoint of what is taken for "normal", some of those I worked with were very able
indeed; all they needed was help to find ways to utilize the abilities they had. Once we found the key the progress could be remarkable.
We are indeed fortunate to live in an age where most societies have adopted an attitude of encouraging awareness and understanding towards those who
are in some ways "different". This girl's story serves to further that attitude and for that reason I'd like to express my thanks to the OP for
sharing it with us.