Symptoms Quotes

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William S. Burroughs
“The question is frequently asked: Why does a man become a drug addict?
The answer is that he usually does not intend to become an addict. You don’t wake up one morning and decide to be a drug addict. It takes at least three months’ shooting twice a day to get any habit at all. And you don’t really know what junk sickness is until you have had several habits. It took me almost six months to get my first habit, and then the withdrawal symptoms were mild. I think it no exaggeration to say it takes about a year and several hundred injections to make an addict.
The questions, of course, could be asked: Why did you ever try narcotics? Why did you continue using it long enough to become an addict? You become a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in the other direction. Junk wins by default. I tried it as a matter of curiosity. I drifted along taking shots when I could score. I ended up hooked. Most addicts I have talked to report a similar experience. They did not start using drugs for any reason they can remember. They just drifted along until they got hooked. If you have never been addicted, you can have no clear idea what it means to need junk with the addict’s special need. You don’t decide to be an addict. One morning you wake up sick and you’re an addict. (Junky, Prologue, p. xxxviii)”
William S. Burroughs, Junky

Orson Scott Card
“This emotion I'm feeling now, this is love, right?"

"I don't know. Is it a longing? Is it a giddy stupid happiness just because you're with me?"

"Yes," she said.

"That's influenza," said Miro. "Watch for nausea or diarrhea within a few hours.”
Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind

Shannon L. Alder
“It is growing up different. It is extreme hypersensitivity. It is a bottomless pit of feeling you're failing, but three days later, you feel you can do anything, only to end the week where you began. It is not learning from your mistakes. It is distrusting people because you have been hurt enough. It is moments of knowing your pain is self inflicted, followed by blaming the world. It is wanting to listen, but you just can’t anymore because your life has been to full of people that have judged you. It is fighting to be right; so for once in your life someone will respect and hear you for a change. It is a tiring life of endless games with people, in order to seek stimulus. It is a hyper focus, so intense about what bothers you, that you can’t pay attention to anything else, for very long. It is a never-ending routine of forgetting things. It is a boredom and lack of contentment that keeps you running into the arms of anyone that has enough patience to stick around. It wears you out. It wears everyone out. It makes you question God’s plan. You misinterpret everything, and you allow your creative mind to fill the gaps with the same old chains that bind you. It narrows your vision of who you let into your life. It is speaking and acting without thinking. It is disconnecting from the ones you love because your mind has taken you back to what you can’t let go of. It is risk taking, thrill seeking and moodiness that never ends. You hang your hope on “signs” and abandon reason for remedy. It is devotion to the gifts and talents you have been given, that provide temporary relief. It is the latching onto the acceptance of others---like a scared child abandoned on a sidewalk. It is a drive that has no end, and without “focus” it takes you nowhere. It is the deepest anger when someone you love hurts you, and the greatest love when they don't. It is beauty when it has purpose. It is agony when it doesn’t. It is called Attention Deficit Disorder.”
Shannon L. Alder

Emily Andrews
“Oh God just look at me now... one night opens words and utters pain... I cannot begin to explain to you... this... I am not here. This is not happening. Oh wait, it is, isn't it?

I am a ghost. I am not here, not really. You see skin and cuts and frailty...these are symptoms, you known, of a ghost. An unclear image with unclear thoughts whispering vague things...

If I told you what was really in my head, you''d never let me leave this place. And I have no desire to spend time in hell while I'm still, in theory, alive.”
Emily Andrews, The Finer Points of Becoming Machine

Toba Beta
“A well-trained mind responded to symptoms.
An ordinary mind reacted after it happened.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

“The so-called symptoms of disease are manifestations of an inherent principle of the organism to restore healthy function and to resist offending agents and influences.”
Herbert M. Shelton, Getting Well

Hippocrates
“What remains in diseases after the crisis is apt to produce relapses.”
Hippocrates, Aphorisms

Toba Beta
“Future warns us through current symptoms in nature.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Toba Beta
“Sensitive to symptoms could enhance security.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“Accepting PTSD is like taking baby steps. The progression may be unsteady—often, the progress is so minute that we’re not even aware of it—but at some point, it does bring relief.”
drstevewest

Caroline Carr
“I drove through red traffic lights once. I thought red meant 'go', which was dreadful because I know red means 'stop'. - Nora, 50”
Caroline Carr, Menopause: The Guide for Real Women

“We can make fun of the virus, but we can't make fun of the people infected by the virus.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Ehsan Sehgal
“Symptoms of Social Media Psycho are that; one who follows and unfollows you.”
Ehsan Sehgal

Caroline Carr
“You might be chatting sociably with friends, and suddenly you notice that they're all flapping their hands at at their faces. You're all sitting there like a bunch of chickens - all flapping away. You hardly notice that you're doing it because it's such a habit. All clutching at your clothes to try and flap some cool air in, And all of you are bright red in the face." Sally, 58”
Caroline Carr, Menopause: The Guide for Real Women

Caroline Carr
“The very best way that you can help yourself is to develop and sustain a positive attitude. The way you think and feel about everything will make all the difference to your experience.”
Caroline Carr, Menopause: The Guide for Real Women

Caroline Carr
“I went to work wearing a suit and odd shoes. One was blue and one was black. I can't believe I did that. I'm so particular - I would never have done that before. - Les, 48”
Caroline Carr, Menopause: The Guide for Real Women

Caroline Carr
“I made a mental note of where I'd parked the car, but when I came out of the precinctI couldn't remember where it was. I pushed a full shopping trolley through acres of busy car park to try to find it, and after 20 minutes I was nearly in tears. Eventually I just stumbled across it, but I don't remember parking there at all. I felt so stupid. What's even worse was that a few weeks later I did exactly the same thing. - Fiona, 56”
Caroline Carr, Menopause: The Guide for Real Women

“If you have too much or too little of something in your character, you are often seen as an anomaly - you then have a disorder. The Spartans were diagnosed with too much virtue. Thus, she was hated by all her neighbours.”
Monaristw

“The anxiety in my life isn’t every moment. Sometimes it’s manageable. Occasionally I don’t think about it that much. But it’s always lurking.”
drstevewest

“as the doctor say, is the patient getting better or worse?”
Monaristw

Darian Leader
“The claim that hysteria ceased to exist can hardly be taken seriously for a simple reason. For both Charcot and Freud, the symptoms of hysteria were fabulously changeable. An anaesthesia could transform into a contracture, a paralysis into a neuralgia. What mattered was less the content of the symptom than what place it occupied for the sufferer and what it gave voice to. As anthropologists would soon demonstrate, culture contained ’symptom pools’ which could be borrowed from in order to articulate a discontent. Deprived of any other means to communicate their malaise or their pain, the subject would use the symptoms available in a culture as ’idioms of distress’.”
Darian Leader

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Makeup is often used to hide the message the body is sending, through the woman’s facial skin, about her ill health.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Steven Magee
“One of the important things to be aware of with supplements is that too much of certain supplements can induce symptoms of mental illness and chronic fatigue. Supplements are useful in the right dose, but too little can be ineffective and too much can make you sicker.”
Steven Magee, Magee’s Disease

Steven Magee
“Insomnia can be one of the first symptoms of hypoxia.”
Steven Magee, Magee’s Disease

Hanna Abi Akl
“i am accused of developing
symptoms of life-sickness
whenever things quickly
start losing meaning”
Hanna Abi Akl, Memory

Steven Magee
“The earliest symptoms of altitude sickness are often memory issues.”
Steven Magee, Toxic Altitude

Steven Magee
“When I first started working at high altitude in La Palma, I was extremely happy, but as time progressed I developed fatigue, physical health issues and mental illness symptoms.”
Steven Magee, Toxic Altitude

Steven Magee
“Hypoxemia has a wide range of non specific symptoms that vary widely between different people.”
Steven Magee, Toxic Altitude

Gabriel García Márquez
“In the past few years he had become conscious of the burden of his own body. He recognized the symptoms. He had read about them in textbooks, he had seen them confirmed in real life, in older patients with no history of serious ailments who suddenly began to describe perfect syndromes that seemed to come straight from medical texts and yet turned out to be imaginary. His professor of children’s clinical medicine at La Salpêtrière had recommended pediatrics as the most honest specialization, because children become sick only when in fact they are sick, and they cannot communicate with the physician using conventional words but only with concrete symptoms of real diseases.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Steven Magee
“I see a lot of commonality between the health issues high altitude workers develop and Long COVID symptoms.”
Steven Magee

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