I went through a really really bad spell in the Winter of 2004. I couldn't concentrate and I had big memory problems, which was a big deal because I'm in graduate school. The worst part was a Statistics class I was taking. It was basically a review of stuff I had to do when taking a much more difficult stats class when I was getting my Master's Degree. I only took it because I needed a few credits in quantitative research methods. So, I shouldn't have had trouble with this class. But, it was impossible because I couldn't concentrate at all. I would look at the book and then look at my homework paper and in the split second that it took to switch my gaze, I would lose the information. Same thing with tasks like writing down a phone number or date. The information would just vanish. I had to withdraw from the class. My psyche nurse didn't change my medication (if I remember correctly) but what did help was just having a little time in my schedule freed-up. I was a full-time grad student, I was teaching in my dept., and was working 20 hours/week. I ramped everything down a notch, took a 2 hour nap every day, etc. It improved after about 6-9 months.
Post Edited (jimi5) : 5/27/2005 4:47:28 PM (GMT-6)
I feel like I've had depression my entire life, although this last year it has become really debillitating. My mother passed away last year and it's like I died with her. For the last few months I've been unable to even get out of bed before 2 or 3 in the afternoon Just the thought of getting up brings on severe anxiety attacks. Likewise for going to sleep at night. I'll sit up until 3 or 4 in the morning.
My doctor has put me on an anti-depressant called "Citalopram" but it doesn't seem to be doing any good at all even though he has increased the initial dose.
I hear you regarding the concentration problem - I used to love to read but lately it has been impossible. I feel antsy when I'm trying to sit and concentrate so I just give up. My main activity seems to be just sitting in front of the TV and then I don't even remember half of what I'm watching.
I logged on to this web-site as a last ditch effort to save myself so to speak and saw your posting. I'm hoping that maybe if I make contact with someone who is suffering as I am maybe we can help each other out of this dark hole by sharing our experiences. Any help you can offer would be most welcome.