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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Hello, I know this question might seem blown out of proportion and/or irrational, but I have recently been through a traumatic event, and the answer to this question (even if not what I wish to hear) will provide me with peace of mind above all else. My fiance and I were arguing, and the argument reached such a climactic point that he eventually had his hand around my neck, fingers pressing on my carotid arteries. I did not pass out. I was conscious the whole time, and afterward. The whole event lasted about two minutes the most (if I remember correctly) What I want to know is if if I could have suffered any kind of hypoxia or resulting minimal brain damage as a result of this. Lately I have been feeling as if words don't come to me as easily, and concentrating or even engaging in the level of thought I once did seems all that much harder to do now. Please tell me if this is likely to be more stress-related or possibly a result of what occurred.

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Doctor :   There is absolutely no problem and you need not worry

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If he has held your neck, and pressed the carotids
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it would not have cut down the blood supply
User :   Are you sure, I did some research and found that even a reduction in blood flow can cause damage
User :   I'm just really worried about this.
Doctor :   If at all there was a cut in blood supply, you would have got unconscious

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and even unconsciousness does not mean brain mandage
User :   that is refreshing to know. Please don't tell me you;re saying this to make me feel better though. I just wanted to know if there was even a small possibility
Doctor :   No, I should not tell like that

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It is a fact based on medicine
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and the physiology of the body
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as per my knowledge, I can tell you that
User :   Thank God. I am wondering what the change is in my lack of concentration is though. Could stress cause that much of a difference in cognitive function?
Doctor :  
Now coming to your symptoms rather than your brain getting affected, your mind is affected
Doctor :  
That is the reason you are finding such symptoms
User :   you mean stress?
Doctor :  
Yes, post-event stress
User :   is that repairable? could it be corrected, in that I can go back to the way I was functioning before?
Doctor :   There is no problem to be corrected, meaning structurally

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it is a psychological one
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for which you need to motivater yourself
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get professional counselling as well
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that will see you through this issue
User :   I see. So psychologically, I can recover?
User :   if i get help
Doctor :   Sure

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I shall hardly take around 3 sessions
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Get help from a qualified Clinical Psychologist
User :   Thank you so much. I really appreciate your help. I am seeking counseling, and am no longer in this relationship. I guess I really just needed to be reassured
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?

User :   I suppose that was it, and thank you very much
User :   This was very helpful.
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