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Science Fiction IllnessTurned Real. New To Medical Science Brain Damage Given *Psychogenic Dismissal

*misdiagnosed as obsessive compulsive psychosis

Stephen Cattier the sufferer of the condition and author of this web site. Wivenhoe, Essex, UK, 2007. Hoping untrue. Comic words subsequently added to photo of the author. Cheddar Gorge, UK May 1976.    

This is a true story. My extremely serious and bizarre brain injury has been misdiagnosed by psychiatrists as mental illness since December 1974 - currently obsessive compulsive psychosis. The nerves are not dead but malfunction. It was caused by an unknown to science type of mental nervous exhaustion allowing them to become further injured by Limbitrol 5 (amitriptyline and chlordiazepoxide) that I took normally for just nine or ten days. It suddenly and temporarily paralysed my mind and body. It has severely reduced the amount of fuel ones mind is able to use to work the central nervous system. Over-depleting it causes more nerve damage and a sudden relapse but with improvement of my physical condition in between them. Consequently, among other things, my senses, muscles, mind, speech and emotions must not be used for too long. I have wrongly spent a total of four years in psychiatric hospitals with about half of that time unable to walk and speak. On the face of it I currently behave normally but am only seconds away from another bedridden relapse by e.g. keeping my eyes closed whenever insufficiently tired, and disinterested in doing it. Attempting any movement or thought whenever disinterested in doing it. The interest opens the nerves' injured gates making the fuel flow.

Site updated 12 August 2018  11:01

Copyright Stephen Cattier 1998. All rights reserved.


United Kingdom resident.  Year of birth: 1951.

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  1. Introduction, history, causes for the exhaustion, plus current and some past symptoms.

  2. Symptoms from October '74 to first week of December when the nervous exhaustion event conmmenced.

  3. December '74 to exacerbation of the brain damage in '75.

  4. January '75 onwards, plus report in REDBRIDGE GUARDIAN and INDEPENDENT newspaper, Wanstead and Woodford, London, of ill-treatment I received in Claybury Hospital, Woodford Bridge, Essex (issue of September 24, '76, Vol. CV11, No. 5559, page 1). Newspaper report of the '76 B.B.C. Radio 4 item highlighting my Claybury experience.

  5. Author's religion and the illness. I was baptized one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1969.

  6. Medical test results including eight EEGs (brain waves) with diffuse abnormalities. EEG 22/03/79, "...raises the possibility of subacute sclerosing leucoencephalopathy." Doctors' reports of author when an outpatient.

  7. The author's photos.

  8. Open Mind magazine article about my case, issue No. 60, Dec. '92/Jan. '93, page 14.

  9. The latest news in my becoming diagnosed.

  10. The author's videos clips.

  11. My sister Janet's web site comprising of her musical compositions and poems.