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Dr. Ed Wilfong
Dr. Ed Wilfong, Psychologist
Category: Mental Health
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Experience:  Twenty-five years treating all ages; Specialities: psychopharmacology & diagnosis, MMPI-2, testing.
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I am concerned about my boyfriend, as are many of his

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I am concerned about my boyfriend, as are many of his friends. When we first started dating, several of his friends told me to keep an eye an him, because they felt he was acting weird and "just seemed different." As time has gone on, I have noticed some strange things. Once a week or so, he has kind of an episode where he gets extremely forgetful, uncoordinated physically, and has a hard time controlling his impulses. He'll say really inappropriate things out loud, swear, or act really pushy. He also stumbles and slurs his words. While he is not a quiet person, his friends say he was never like this. It seems to me he gets this way before going some where with a lot of people, especially ones he doesn't know. He normally is a great guy and always treats me very well. Some people think he has a brain tumor, or contracted a parasite in Thailand where he traveled for four months recently. From things he's told me, it sounds like his father has a mood disorder. Body or mind?? Thanks.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Ed Wilfong replied 7 years ago.
This isn't likely a mood disorder. Are you absolutely sure there are no drugs or alcohol involved. If you are sure, I would recommend he see a neurologist. A disease process would show a more consistent progression and a tumor would not be so off and on. My guess is neurological or drug/alcohol. Could be seizures and having post seizure effects when like this. You would not necessarily notice it if it were a focal seizure. I have a hard time coming up with any non-physical "Mind" options, and that is what I do. Get a neurology consult.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Dr. Wilfong--It turns out my boyfriend is an alcoholic. His "episodes" were actually drunken episodes. He is now in treatment and is 50 days sober. I am getting codependent help myself. Thank you very much.
Expert:  Dr. Ed Wilfong replied 6 years ago.
This is one time I am sad to have been right. I am so happy you are both getting help. Best of luck to you both. Nice to get a follow-up from you.
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