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  •  Yes, there IS a change in the last few months... (3.80)
    ..particularly with his jaw-thrusting movements. Not only are Bush's involuntary facial movements definitely on the increase in recent months, they are being talked about by a number of medical professionals I know who have strong clinical experience in psychopharmacology.

    Now, take all of this with a grain of salt, since I'm not an MD myself...  

    First of all, what to call it? The leading clinical phraseology that might apply to Bush's jaw-thrusting behavior is "extraparamital involuntary movement symptom."  Extraparamital movement disorders are usually a combination of movement problems, but you can have single presentations, of which jaw-thrusting is a very common one.  

    One doctor I know told me he saw 40 examples of these movements in one five-minute speech by Bush (I think it was the speech announcing Roberts for the Supreme Court, but I never saw that one myself so can't confirm). Bush's jaw-thrusting is outward and to one side, and sometimes it completely sends his jaw out, usually at the end of a sentence.  The jaw movements are CNS (Central Nervous System) mediated, and probably dopominergically related. The movements are seen in individuals using or abusing drugs affecting the dopominergic system (neuroleptics, anti-psychotics, etc; neuroleptics are a kind of anti-psychotic).  

    Yes, it could be speed, as suggested in another thread. Indeed, the most dramatic and familiar presentation of these symptoms is when people are on Ecstasy (usually in the early crashing phase). But it could also be, and in one doctor's opinion is more likely to be, an indication Bush is using a prescription drug prescribed for individuals with primary mood regularity problems, a drug which Bush would be taking in addition to an antidepressant. Also, there are some newer drugs for substance abusers which often affect the dopaminergic system as well. (Bush's former abuse of drugs and alcohol almost certainly has not helped his current condition, though it can't necessarily be construed to have caused it.)

    In short, no one knows what Bush is on, but he's on something, and something has changed in recent months. The docs may be tweaking his meds, trying to find the most effective cocktail. "I can't believe people aren't talking about it in the news," one doctor told me. (This guy is a well-regarded physician of referral with many years' experience in this area, so I trust him.)

    Anyway, for what it's worth...

    "[I]n all due respect to your profession [journalism], you do a very good job of protecting the leakers." -- Bush on Oct 7, 2003

    by QuickSilver on Sun Sep 18, 2005 at 03:41:29 PM PDT

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    •  what do you think of (none)
      long frequent vacations being necessary for a) medical adjustments (since so many of antidepressants etc kick in slowly) or b) to give him opportunity of alcohol/drug binges?

      My psychotherapist says he's a dry drunk because he hasn't deal with the underlying issues.  But is he dry or still abusing?

      "Every act of becoming conscious is an unnatural act." - Adrienne Rich

      by marjo on Sun Sep 18, 2005 at 04:30:31 PM PDT

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