Zoloft: memory and concentration

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gabrielreed
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   Posted 4/16/2007 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I've suffered from depression and anxiety for many years now. about 5 years ago, I started taking Zoloft, which helped a lot with depression, but I don't remember exactly its effect on my memory and concentration. I then changed to Lexapro, which wasn't that seffective, so I gave up on medicines altogether. I realize now it was a mistake. I've been preparing for a public examination and memory and concentration are very important to me, and I feel that both are seriously impaired by depression. I was wondering about taking Zoloft again, but I'm afraid about the side effects related to memory and concentration. What do you know about this? Does Zoloft afect only short term memory? will it affect my performance and concentration in a test, for exemple?

ShynSassy
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   Posted 4/17/2007 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gabriel
Welcome to the board,I am very glad that you found us.
You need to make an appt with your doctor and talk to them about your concerns,to see what meds to be on.
I wonder if the memory problem is related to the meds making you sleepy? I too had that problem when I was on about 4 different types of meds at once. After stopping them I did feel better as far as that,but really needed to be one something.
Please keep us posted.

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Sunnivara
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   Posted 4/17/2007 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you had your thyroid checked? I used to have 20,000 different problems (ok, I'm exaggerating a bit, but I had a lot of problems). I was told I had everything from Irritable Bowel Syndrome to hip dysplasia, all supposedly unrelated. Many were just chalked up to getting older. Well, you're over 40 now, that's what happens! Otherwise, I was in "perfect health."  eyes
 
I say B.S. I know people in their 70's who were in better health than I was!
 
All my myriad of symptoms ended up being due to one problem, hypothryoidism.  
 
Among my many symptoms were "brain fog" and poor concentration/memory and depression. Since I've been on thyroid meds most symptoms are gone.
 
Something to look into.
 
 

gabrielreed
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   Posted 4/17/2007 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks a lot, ShynnSassy and Sunnivara, for your attention.
The problem is that I feel that most doctors (even most scholars I would say) are not very sure about the effects of antidepressants on concentration. On the one hand, the Zoloft website claims (as far as I can remember) that it helps improve concentration. That makes sense If you agree that when in depression, one may start to think about too many issues, problems, so that the ability to keep focused is impaired. On the other hand, many people say that Zoloft may detatch you from reality, and that's why you don't worry as much as before. these suppositions contradict one another. That's why I'm kind of lost. Anyway, I'm a lay man. But I haven't found yet an specialist who had concret answers to this problem.

ShynnSassy, I'm not taking any medication at the moment. I believe that I have a problem of concnetration and memory because of my depression.

Sunnivara, to be diagnosed wiht hypothryoidism shouldn't I have other body symptoms?

tks

Sunnivara
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   Posted 4/18/2007 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Sunnivara, to be diagnosed wiht hypothryoidism shouldn't I have other body symptoms?

tks
Not necessarily. It depends on how severe the hypothyroidism is and how your body reacts. Also, I don't know how old you are but a lot of symptoms such as weight gain, not having as much energy or sex drive as you used to, thinning or dry hair, memory loss, dry skin, minor aches and pains, digestive problems, etc, are often mild in the early years of thyroid disease and are usually shrugged off as the just being the result of just getting older.
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