Though, you having a real dysfunction of the autonomic nerve system is intriguing; how did it happen? I did one intro psychology course and I found the chapters on brain dysfunctions and behaviour one of the most interesting! (I'm doiing a drugs and behavior course this spring semester too)
The doctors can't say why. They suspect that I was already mildly in the stages of developing it, and a very intense emotional experience a couple of years back pushed it into severe territory.
It's called dysautonomia. My ANS kicks in and my "flight-or-fight response" responds to literally nothing. My body is actually panicking like it's in danger or something. It's not really very widely known and doctors are just starting to realize that their patients aren't ALL imagining their weird symptoms. Many just have screwy nervous systems.
I don't retain salt or fluids as a result, so it messes with my blood pressure and heart rate. My brain literally isn't getting enough to blood at times. Hence the priceless moments.
As for the $200 mishap, I have a habit of throwing my credit card into the bag when I'm at drive-thrus. I don't totally understand why I started to do it or why I continue to do it. I have to babysit myself and make sure I don't do it. Cause once, I threw away my card with the leftovers of my lunch.
My mother walked in to find me waist deep in the trash can. And to help myself remember a task, I click my tongue to the beat of random songs. I don't know why it helps, but I can at least walk down a flight of stairs without forgetting why I went downstairs.
As a side note, I've developed misophonia along with the ANS issues. I literally can't tolerate disgusting people-noises. Gum-chewing is a HUGE problem for me. I will go into rages about it. Am I the only person who wants to punch people who are chomping on their gum like a cow?
But I like to embrace my mental flaws. I feel like I'm stark raving mad and I'm totally cool with that. In the spirit of Jake the Dog... I'm whack with poo-brain.