4 years ago, my husband had an episode that last 2 weeks, came on suddenly and disappeared suddenly. This has not ever been clearly diagnosed or defined, even after several tests, including electroencephalogram, magnetic resonance imaging, and cat scan, also a multitude of blood work, all came back negative. I'll give you symptoms: total disconnection with reality, amnesia, a personality that had NO resemblance of his own. (Appeared alot like multiple personality disorder), however he didn't even know how to tie his own shoes, properly shower, example, didn't know what to do with soap or shampoo in the shower. He was also EXTREMELY sexually aggressive towards me, cornering me was his goal, and his vocabulary during the sexual aggression was extremely obscene. He saw a psychiatrist who gave him 75mg of Effexor twice daily, for 3 months, barely long enough for the antidepressant to really work. Two weeks from the day of onset, my husband had 'snapped' out of this episode and had absolutely no recollection of what had happened. This psychosis
had returned just a few weeks ago, Dec 22nd to be exact, this time it seemed less disabling, meaning he knew who each of his family members are, could rhyme of important dates such as his birthday, my birthday, our children's etc, the sexual aggression returned as well, and his personality was not of his own once again. Again he saw a psychiatrist, who says it's catatonic depression. The episode this time last one week to the day. Again, he has no recollection of the experience. He's again being treated with Effexor, 150mg a day at bedtime. He is completely back to his normal self. Question: When I asked if this could be multiple personality disorder, I was told not likely as with multiple personalities, the patient's alter personalities, usually have other names, that are not their own. My husband when asked his name answered appropriately. My concern is this, if it is indeed depression, how can depression suddenly come on, and suddenly disappear? When I say suddenly, I can compare to a light switch, this episode as the last episode, both came on suddenly and disappeared suddenly, both times disappearing when waking from a sleep. What do you thinK??