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    Have you ever lost your mind?


    I occasionally but rarely lose myself in intense thinking. Very serious thoughts, (managing ideas and thoughts, memories of pictures as I think more and more).

    I can describe it in an analogy. Think, Robot AI with human personality quality getting stuck in a logic loop.

    This happens mostly when I am about to fall into deep sleep. I also manage to think in a lucid state as I sleep. I sometimes think so intensely in bed that I feel as if I am lost forever. When I wake, I realism I would be stuck in some logic loop seemingly forever because I was focusing too hard on something extremely *extremely stupid. (I guess processing power)

    By the way, It may be interesting to know, I am very successful in my attempts to lucid dream. Its very interesting experience and visually something shallow. So if you want, try some intense thinking if you lucid dream tonight.


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    As a child, I 'escaped' through reading and when I was immersed in a book it was a frustration for my mother who had to call my name more than once with increasing volume.

    From time spent working with horses, I remain far more 'in the moment' now and only allow my mind to focus intently on those occasions when I feel that I am in a 'safe' location.

    In my work, I am not as easily distracted as others and the nature of my duties are such that I can safely ignore most of the chatter and activity around me as I am fairly autonomous.

    As for losing my mind, I'm not quite certain that I have ever fully 'found' it as I am of the opinion that there is much more potential than I have yet discovered.


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    I had a time where I did not know where I was, what I was doing or where I was going and this was when I was driving somewhere. It was like I had lost the ability to think for a period of time and found out later I suffered from the beginning stages of dementia. At least that was what I was told but found that stopping my medications, 10 per day, that stopped the dementia from happening again.
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    my uncle (the one the 1/2 raised me) had the same problem.
    there were 2 routes we could take between the town we just left, and his farm and he had taken the road less traveled by,
    suddenly, i became aware that he had tensed up, and assessing the situation, i realized that he had no idea where we were.
    Trying to solve the immediate problem and save face, i said "as long as we're going this way, why don't we stop at X.
    Immediately he knew where we were, relaxed and drove on.

    Later, he said---You knew I was lost back there? And I confirmed this, thenasked about his meds---I told him that I knew some guys who would pay well for one of them as they liked loosing their minds. (which, was a lie---but it made him feel less like he was loosing his mind)
    It seems that well over 1/2 the meds the docs were prescribing for him were to counteract side effects from other medicines.

    I tend to avoid medications because of his and others' experiences--------I suspect that most doctors do not fully understand what various medications do, nor their interactions.
    It seems that some are on autopilot---symptom a = pill b, symtom x = pill y, etc.etc.etc.
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    I tend to avoid medications because of his and others' experiences--------I suspect that most doctors do not fully understand what various medications do, nor their interactions.
    It seems that some are on autopilot---symptom a = pill b, symtom x = pill y, etc.etc.etc.
    I agree and do that now. Before I listened to what my doctors told me and took the pills as they prescribed for many years but I guess after awhile those pills weren't helping me but only working against me in some way so I just stopped them all. My doctors were very upset with my "remedy" but I sure did not want to lose my mind for it is better to suffer with my "conditions" and know who I am rather than losing my mind and not knowing what's going on with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    As a child, I 'escaped' through reading and when I was immersed in a book it was a frustration for my mother who had to call my name more than once with increasing volume.

    From time spent working with horses, I remain far more 'in the moment' now and only allow my mind to focus intently on those occasions when I feel that I am in a 'safe' location.

    In my work, I am not as easily distracted as others and the nature of my duties are such that I can safely ignore most of the chatter and activity around me as I am fairly autonomous.

    As for losing my mind, I'm not quite certain that I have ever fully 'found' it as I am of the opinion that there is much more potential than I have yet discovered.
    I have had moments exactly like that, but am not on any medication or was, I cringe at the remembrance... So scary.
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    WHoa!!! I lost my mind losing my virginity. However I was able to locate my mind once again and took comfort in the fact that I would never find my lost virginity.

    All kidding aside, who hasn't lost their mind while being in love?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    As a child, I 'escaped' through reading and when I was immersed in a book it was a frustration for my mother who had to call my name more than once with increasing volume. ... As for losing my mind, I'm not quite certain that I have ever fully 'found' it as I am of the opinion that there is much more potential than I have yet discovered.
    me too, intense concentration to the exclusion of other external stumuli---the magic of literacy

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    While in the army, I lost all emotions for a while--fugue state? which didn't seem to have any effect on my cognitive functioning:
    But, if someone were to tell me that i had won the lottery, or that my mother had died, the emotional response would have been the same----none.

    Fortunately(?), that state only lasted while the pain and anguish needed to be excluded---exit those stimuli--exit state,
    so, i'm fairly certain that it was a -back to the wall- sanity defense mechanism.
    Somewhere in there, i found some zen---divestment of desire equated to a different level of (mental) freedom, and acceptance (and made it a damned site easier to listen to orders from idiots). Kinda like the old sunday school song---"Open up your heart and let the sun shine in ...".

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    Rudyard Kipling and the importance of not losing your mind. A guy's perspective.
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    I lose my mind pretty regularly but like a bad disease or a ouija board it always finds it's way back to me. Apparently I have the mind of a homing pigeon.
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    Speaking badly about people after they are gone and jumping on the bash the band wagon must do very well for a low self-esteem.
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    As a child, I 'escaped' through reading and when I was immersed in a book it was a frustration for my mother who had to call my name more than once with increasing volume.
    I'm sure I annoyed my mother a bit with this, but she had quite a lot of fun. She quite enjoyed finding me, usually in the living room, and jumping up and down or waving her arms like a windmill as well as shouting a bit just to see how long it took for me to 'wake up' to the fact that she was there.
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