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Old 02-06-2006, 02:20 AM   #1
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Does the nose know?

Last yr when I went to the cleveland clinic the dr there had me smell something during the in-office exam.

It was a very strong smell. But I could not describe it. It smelled very bad to me, but not recognizable...couldn't put a name to it. I told dr this.

Before I knew what my MMP test results were (which I just found out....borderline schizophrenia, severe depression, bipolar, anxiety, and on the border of conversion disorder)....I read somewhere that research was finding that people with schizophrenia have trouble with "naming that smell"

When I was reading this I remembered what happened at CC and thought to myself, "wow, maybe I have schizophrenia". Which in my mind was a real possibility with all the mental problems on my mom's side.

Anyways, here I find out last week at T appt that I have borderline schizophrenia.

Does anyone else know about this research, or anything like this happen to you?

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Old 02-06-2006, 04:02 AM   #2
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Re: Does the nose know?

To be honest, I've never heard this specific research. But to put a personal experience in, I have trouble with "naming that smell". Although I can recognize them EXTREMELY well. I'll usually make up a name for the smell or associate it with where I am at on that moment. But years later I can say "this place smells like 'restaurant name''s in Atlanta Georgia that one summer when i was nine!".

People think its a olfactory hallucination, but Im just distinctive. I think its a mixture of SID and my thought processing with Schizophrenia.

I dont see how (if its true) the research being too acurate. Some people just can't "name that smell, item, color". Plus its hard depicting "schizphrenia 'cant name that smell'" and "sensory dyfunction 'its so strong its unrecognizable'", plus numerous other aspects.


Old 02-06-2006, 07:10 AM   #3
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Re: Does the nose know?

I googled schizophrenia + detecting odors

I'll put down what one site said.

Behavioral studies of olfaction have demonstrated impairments in the ability to detect and identify odors in patients w/schizophrenia.

Conclusion of test: These data (which I didn't write down , too long) indicate the presence of a primary physiologic impairment in the olfactory cortex underlying behavioral olfactory deficits seen in patients with schizophrenia.

This is consistent with postmortem and in vitro studies suggesting abnormalities in olfactory receptor neurons. Understanding the nature of these physiologic olfactory impairments could offer clues to the basic neuropathology of this disorder.

I just found it interesting. Maybe the dr at CC had it with me thinking I had parkinsons and let me smell some nasty doggy poo poo smell!!

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