OK so I recently posted something to instagram (http://instagram.com/p/wZa0NWomf1 ) and I want to expand on it a little more.
A few years ago after a very heavy drinking session including absinthe, I had a mini stroke. At first I didn’t think it had affected me that badly – a bit confused and weak on the left side but nothing terrible. Over the following weeks it became very apparent that my mental state had changed for the worse. I was already depressed but I had got it under control without the need for medication (which made me feel like I was a zombie). Three weeks after my mini stroke I was back on medication at a much higher dose than before. I also became angry quicker because I couldn’t actually show any other emotion. I was told by some friends my demeanour had changed, I became short and snapped a lot and my brain didn’t always engage properly so I didn’t (and still don’t) always think of someone else first and though I can still empathise with people it sometimes doesn’t work properly. Two ish years later I had another mini stroke caused by stress so everything got worse on that front and my brain is basically fuzzled.