Posted by: Andre | 2009-01-31

weird mental and physical symptoms after arguement

hi. 2 weeks ago my wife (26 yrs old), and I had a heavy arguement in the evening. next morning I found her sitting on the couch sobbing. after trying to comfort her I saw that she couldn' t speak properly. Her words would be totally muddled up. she also couldn' t read or write properly, forgetting how to spell basic words. added to this she couldn' t use her right arm. took her to hospital and they ruled out stroke. what could it b? and next step?

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Sounds rather like what in the old days they might have called "hysteria", a diagnosis which quietly disappeared in recent decades. Best take her to see a good local psychiatrist or psychologist for a thorough assesment, followed by a discussion of treatment options. THis sort of alarming set of physical symptoms after an emoptional upset tends to occur in people who feel emotionally overwhelmed by a situation and can't effectively at the time express their feelings or wishes, so they, as it were, translate these into physical symptoms. Her symptoms, for instances, may have said : I don't know what to say --- I can't speak. ( and if right-handed, she was prevented from even communicating by writing ).

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