Last Thursday (29) Dani Russo said on her Instagram that it was hospitalized to treat symptoms of accelerated thinking syndromea condition that has hospitalized her on other occasions.
The Youtuber has been living with the disorder since 2021 and tells her followers what she went through.
“Before I go to bed I get so restless that I feel nauseous, sick and throw up. My fear does this to me. I have these severe seizures every three months. It’s been a year since I went to the hospital with the same symptoms.”
The syndrome was recently described by the psychiatrist Augusto Cury and although it is not considered a disease, the symptoms exist and are harmful.
“The syndrome is identified when the mind is filled with thoughts all the time when the person is awake, leading to difficulty concentrating, increased anxiety and impaired physical and mental health,” explains psychiatrist Sônia Palma of BP The Portuguese Benefit of Sao Paulo.
The condition is not yet included in disease classification manuals or psychiatric disorders, but it can occur in people with mental disorders, for example.
The specialist says that “it is a recent concept, but it can be both a differential diagnosis and included in the symptomatological picture of anxiety and depression”.
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist Wimer Bottura, a member of the Brazilian Psychiatric Association, explains that the syndrome is a set of symptoms that can also fall on the spectrum of hypomania, bipolarity or possibly even ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity).
“When I say spectrum, I don’t mean it’s exactly that, it’s part of it. Something like this can have several causes,” emphasizes Bottura.
The disorder can be one of the first signs of another undiagnosed condition, as it’s called a “prodrome symptom — which is what happens to a disease before it spreads,” the doctor explains.
“From the point of view of a psychotherapist, there is often a great deal of ambition behind this topic, a great deal of vanity. Often, for example, someone acquires a shine, socially or professionally, very great and cannot disappoint people, so she overloads herself, evades calm, because success is somehow stimulating, it feeds that fear,” adds the psychiatrist.
The expert adds that the search for admiration is “as addictive as cocaine.” However, there comes a time when the person loses control in order not to disappoint the expectations of others, and that moment becomes harmful.
Persistent stress, working with goals, overconnectivity and excessive use of social media are also among the factors that can be considered triggers for the syndrome.
Sonia explains that the main symptom of the condition is the feeling that the period of 24 hours, i.e. a full day, is not enough to complete the tasks that she needs.
“Irritability, decreased concentration, feeling like you can’t get enough rest, unrefreshing sleep, restlessness, mood swings, constant dissatisfaction may occur. hair, skin rashes [coceiras]in addition to gastrointestinal complaints,” reports the psychiatrist.
In view of this, the syndrome reduces the quality of life of the individual and can even cause sleep disturbances.
“From a psychiatric point of view, consistent drug intervention is required the person has to take medication over a long period of time since underdiagnosed or undiagnosed depression is often present, which can be traced back to anxiety, restlessness and sleep deprivation,” warns Bottura.
If the person is diagnosed with anxiety and depression, a psychiatric reevaluation will be required to potentially initiate drug and psychotherapeutic treatment.
Sônia says Dani Russo’s case is considered extreme due to the recurring hospitalizations, as early interventions are generally sufficient to stem the progression of the disease.
Others at risk of the syndrome are “students who spend a lot of time in the classroom (fulltime schools and precollege courses) and people who work under a lot of pressure to deliver results bankers, teachers.”
For Bottura, the trigger is also “in the person’s personality, a feeling of lack of acceptance, a very high level of ambition, a very high level of vanity, they have feelings behind them and they make the person vulnerable. She feels admiration in the social environment that feeds “a problem back and there comes a time when the person loses control of the situation”.
According to Sônia, the first step is diagnosis by a doctor psychiatrist and/or psychologist.
“Generally, treatment involves relaxation techniques (breathing techniques, mindfulness meditation [exercícios de atenção plena]), physical exercise, alternation of stressful routines with breaks during work. Improved sleeping habits and healthy eating too,” says the psychiatrist.
The specialist also recommends that the patient decide on such hobbies as reading and needlework.
“The treatment must be very careful, it must not take away the person’s creativity and spontaneity. Such a person may not be able to change the habit or meditate, if it exceeds a certain level, he really needs medication, a very intensive psychotherapeutic followup, you need to learn to value yourself more than admiration, which is a trap,” concludes Bottura.
* Intern at R7under the direction of Fernando Mellis.
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