I had an amazing 1st year in college, but recently I have started having very intense headaches in my left occipital-lobe area. My GPA has dropped a from a 4.0 to a 3.0 as I am physically incapable of critical thinking or concentrating(my head actually hurts). Teachers do not tend to understand and think that I am trying to get out of doing my work. I don’t get excited or worried at all about anything. I get usual quivering-attacks, but I cannot associate them with anything in particular. In the past month i have thought 5-6 times of somehow overdosing on some medication (but I haven’t). Also, I thought I was homesick but now that the semester is over, I don’t feel like going back home; I feel like running away some place where very dark. I don’t know if this is relevant, but I have been very sensitive to sound and light for a while now. I also experience dry heaving every time I do any physical activity (as simple as walking a long distance). Any help would be appreciated!

A: I can’t help you but a doctor can. Why, oh why haven’t you made an appointment to get a medical checkup? There are a number of medical causes for the symptoms you describe. I don’t want to scare you by listing possibilities when it could be a low-level issue so I’m not going to say more than that. Get yourself to a doctor immediately — like yesterday! Your symptoms are not, not, not an indication of laziness and most probably are not an indication of a mental illness. There’s something wrong. Until you get a proper diagnosis, you can’t get proper treatment.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie