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I'm fifteen years old, and people always told me I was very mature for my age, or I was sophisticated...things like that. I felt like that too. When I was growing up I never really did what all the other kids did. I didn't go over people's houses, or hang out with kids outside of school. Just little things like that. My parents told me I was very easy to handle as a child, and I can't recall any incidences when I was a bratty selfish attention seeking child.

Just felt that information might be important for this part. Lately I've found myself feeling a bit immature. Not a bit, very. A bunch of feelings swell up inside of me, and suddenly I'm very active, ready to burst, and I'm reciting Dr. Seuss, I can't form full sentances, I repeat the same words over and over, I get very stubborn. During these 'episodes' I know they're happening, but it's like the reasonable me just took a back seat, and won't stop it.

Afterwards, when the feelings have passed, I get...depressed. I wouldn't say full blown clinical depression. But I'm sad, I feel lonely, and I get another type of episode--this one being more physical. I see a bright flash of light, and everything goes black for a second, then when I can see things again I am very dizzy, and if I'm standing my knees give way.

I can't think of anything that may be causing any of this. Any suggestions, thoughts, ideas?

[ 09-03-2006, 07:52 PM: Message edited by: ezzabes ]

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My childhood sounds like yours and I constantly have people telling me I've grown up too fast or that I'm 'too mature'. Every once and a while I'll get... you could almost call them tantrums, where I act very childish and I am a general pain to be around.

For a while I wondered if this was perhaps because I had never been a very bratty, attention seeking child when I was younger. I think that part of it might be caused by that. However, most people I know have immature periods so I think you could also say it's just something people do.

As for the depression, I get that as well. I however have been diagnosed with clinical depression and I'm on medication for it at the moment, this seems to help.

I don't think I would worry about it too much unless of course it's interferring with things like school (or work) and your social life. If it is you might want to see a doctor or a therapist.

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The thing is it is interferring with my social life, and school work. People don't want to be around me because when I get like this I don't respond well, or even not at all. I say "No, no, no" over and over, and I can't sit still, and I get fidgetty and jump around. I wouldn't want to be around me. And as for the school work, when I'm trying to get things done in groups and I get like this, the things that need to get done don't get done. I distract the other people, and I distract myself.

Therapy is too much money, and besides that I know I won't listen to the therapist. I tried one for something else last year and it didn't work.

So I was wondering if people here that have had experiences like this have suggestions for me.

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I'd actually start with a physician, given the physical symptoms you're exhibiting along with the behavioural ones. So, get in to see your doctor - they may refer you to a therapist or another specialist, but that would be a sound place to start with trying to figure this out.

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It's a problem though, as to get to a physician I'd have to talk to my mom. I told her about the flashing thing, and when I get my childish episodes she just assumes I'm acting like an idiot. With the flash of light and dizziness she just shrugs it off. It's really a problem to get my mom to sit down and REALLY listen to me. So I've always found it best to target the specific problem first, so when I go to her I have a better idea about what I'm talking about.
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What you're experiencing doesn't seem normal. Sure, everybody gets a episode of acting like an immature kid (I'm a fanatic about Disney [Smile] ), but you should still be able to finish sentences. You shouldn't feel dizzy or see flashes of light. You need to be real stern with your mother and tell her that you need to see a doctor. I have psychological issues with illnesses (I was always the center of attention when I was younger, and now that I am older, I make up illnesses or make up other things so people pay attention to me), so my mom thinks I'm just overreacting when I say I need to see a doctor.

Just say, "Mom, I know you don't think this a huge deal, but I do. I'm afraid for my health, and I think you should too. These episodes are NOT normal, and I'm NOT just acting like an idiot."

If this does not help, if you're in school there should be some sort of psychologist or counselor there. Talk to them, and maybe they can ring up your mom and maybe your mom would listen to them.

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Same thing happens to my girlfriend...except for the light flashes & stuff. but after calming down she gets all better. it only happens a few times in a whole year though. I think its just stress that does it for her. Stress can do weird things like that.

[ 09-16-2006, 07:32 PM: Message edited by: John_Bonsan ]

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Hey... sorry to hear about your regression. It seems a little tough to deal with. If it helps, I went through pretty much the same thing. My parents always told me I was mature for my age; just like you, I didn't hang out much with people. Then around the age of fourteen, I got really depressed and just started acting very immature; I carried my tedy bear around when this happened. Sorry for going into much detail :\ Well, I don't think seeing a physician will do much. Perhaps a therapist. It worked for me [Smile]

I hope you can find something that works for you.

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