concentration problems help me out :)

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Akram
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   Posted 9/18/2006 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys,

I don't know who else to talk to , if I said this to my parents they would be really upset , I feel like I am an Idiot really.
I have bin a patient of deppresion for 4 years now, and now I seem to be winning my battle with deppresion but I seem to still have more problems.

I'm having a little problem with concentration since a few years now, but I think it has increased in the last 6 months. and I'm trying to find out what is the cause.... looking at the past I remember changing Doctor every 6 months or so . untill the 5th doctor who was able to help me improve myself and in few months time the deppresion seems to have disapeared, except for some bad days. but there was still other issues:

right now, I feel like I can have problems retaining new information. except if i am doing an activity such s swimming or football or olaying computer games. comparing these activities to work; I feel boared at work and my performance seems to be going down slowly over 6 months period. So my boss is not happy with me. but he's giving me a chance to get things in order.

I come to work at the right time, but I waste working hours with chatting with other employeess, going outside for smooke. and drinking tea or coffe, or surfing the internet for fun. If I try to read a book which is for certification I was asked to do, I end up feeling sleepy again.

I am worried and I wonder if some of the meds have a side effect that is slowing my concentration. it could be effexsor as I suspect but I am not sure. I'm on lithuim, lamectal, akindole, ablfly, effecsor 150, welburten , and another one I forgot its name. if any one has these symptoms and uses some of these durgs let me know pleaase, also I need some encouragement lol.
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els
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   Posted 9/18/2006 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey ya Akram, Good to see you back again.  Concentration can be a common problem with some of the medications your taking and also the disorder that you have.  I would suggest since it has started to interfer with your work, that you speak to your psychiatrist regarding this as soon as possible.  Perhaps an adjustment in one of your meds may be inorder.  Please do let us know how it goes...take care

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Elegy
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   Posted 9/18/2006 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Akram, I'm so happy to hear that you're getting a handle on depression! Good job, darlin'! Just keeping your head above the water is a big battle, and to know that you're -winning- that battle makes me proud. I've just recently taken steps towards getting my own battle under control...so kudos to you, lovely.

As far as the concentration issue is concerned, I'd have to say that Els hit it on the head -- speak with your doc, tell him you're concerned that the lack of concentration might be a side effect, and if you have any other questions...ask! It's so important to have a good line of communication with docs/counselors.

Let us know how things go, and if you need to vent/complain/worry...we're here!
 


Akram
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   Posted 9/18/2006 11:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks a lot guys, nice to have someone who listens and not try to give long lectures lol. just sharing the issues helps, and lets me know someone out there cares lol. as you said its some of the meds I take, which one hard to know, next time i'm going to speak to my psychiatrist in a few weeks because he is in egypt i have to fly to meet him ( any body else goes to a psychiatrist very far from were they live?).

Thanks again guys you give me hope , to elegy I still didn't win my battle with deppresion even though most of the time I don't have it but certain parts of the day and special things that draw attension to the past and I remember the bad times and the good times, and how eazy it is to duwell in negative thoughts it does remind me that I have come a long way tough , but also got to be carefull.
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Akram
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   Posted 11/1/2006 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys,

So far I think I am getting better not sure. my biggest problem now is i'm not very productive. after 5 months of working my manager said I'm very slow in reading the books ( so i can do the certification test and pass it on. and i agree, I could endup lousing my job. if that happens it would be very bad news for my parents ><. and I know how hard it is to find a good job with the salary that I have with this company. so I should really work very hard but I am always not in the mood. why is it so hard to read a book? in school it was much eazier. all we did in most classes is just to memorize almost everything in the books they give us.

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els
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   Posted 11/1/2006 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Akram,

I am glad that you feel your getting better...It is very possible that some of the meds your on could be causing some of the problems you listed several months ago...is this still a problem for you?  If your still on Lithium and Lamicil I would say they most likey are the biggest ones to cause these reported symptoms....I do think I recall you saying something about a bipolar dx?  Please correct me if I'm wrong...but these two meds in combination slow receptors in the brain down and reduce mania.  Meaning when you were younger and felt you could do so much more than now, the meds now are preventing that.  To combat the memory problem try taking notes on key things that you read from your certification book...you can type it, print it and when you go smoke or whatever go over your notes.  This should help inplant it into your memory alittle better hopefully.

Let us know how it goes.  Take care :-)


Elisha
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