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   Posted 2/27/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone else ever found themselves being "forgetful", as if they can't remember what they were just thinking. I find myself so forgetful lately and I'm wondering if that's another symptom of anxiety or of the medication?

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   Posted 2/27/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
That same thing happens to me sometimes. I dont know if it is anxiety related or anything. I tend to be forget though... sometimes more than others...but I dont know why....sorry, I wish I could be of more help...

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   Posted 2/27/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, I don't get so much forgetful as dazed.  When I first started taking meds I sometimes felt like my head was stuffed with cotton wool or something else squishy..what kind of meds are you on?

I think anxiety can sometimes use up so much of our brain that other things fall out! Have you talked with your doc about it?maybe it's just a side effect, good luck x

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   Posted 2/27/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   

I believe we all experience forgetfulness when our minds are on overload.  I have put many things down and knew right where I let them and they disappeared.

Which reminds me, why does my wash machine eat one of each pair of my socks............this is a curse.



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   Posted 2/27/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
YEah it's has been happening a bunch latley. I hope it is anxiety related. I read that it is.

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   Posted 2/27/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I"m new here but I seem to experience this sometimes.
More so when I am under a high amount of stress.
I lost my keys 4 times in one the mall.....all 4 times in different locations.
Kind of scary.
I have since put my keys on a lanyard which stays in my purse or around my neck at all times. I haven't lost them since thankfully.

I find the only way I can keep track of anything is by making lists.

I am not on any medication I am not sure if it is only a side affect.

I'm sorry :(

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   Posted 2/27/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
it's ok I appreciate any and all insight anyone can give! I am new to anxiety so I'm still trying to get used to it and find out what's anxiety and what's not. I just feel like my short term memory is very bad lately. Like I was at the grocery store and all of a sudden couldn't remember what I wanted to get. I know it sounds stupid, but it seems more than just normal forgetfulness.

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   Posted 2/27/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
i do that to , but sometimes i don't if my mind is in different place all at once or what , being a wife and mom i think washing dish, what am i going to cook for supper ,wait i need to start a load of clothes, wait my kids or asking a question, this is me, but sometimes i think meds make you forgetful too.


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   Posted 2/27/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I just don't like medication I guess so I'm always wondering what effects it has on my body, as well as what I said before, what effects anxiety has on my body. I know exactly where my anxiety comes from but it's like I can never forgive myself and get over it and move on and that is the worst feeling. It triggered this illness in me and who knows, if it wasn't that it could have been something else, but it's still new to me and everyone here has been so gracious. I can't thank EVERY SINGLE PERSON who has helped me and continue to help me :-)

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   Posted 2/28/2008 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Benzos especially affect memory after longterm use. My memory is so embarassingly poor that sometimes I dont say much in conversation just in case I had said it already. My son keeps asking me if I have alzheimerbecause I am so out it at times. Its so bad that I will take my meds or not take them and do not remember whether I took them or not. Sometimes I take double doses cause of that. Apart from the meds anxiety can cause confusion and poor memory.

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   Posted 2/28/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
It is so bad, I was just on the phone with a patient and was trying to say "cash price" but it came out "pash crice" and I mess up words, like "Is that near where she lives?" I say "Is that where near she lives" and it happens a lot now, my co-workers have noticed it. These symptoms have appeared since my breathing problems have disappeared so I'm guessing it could be a side effect of the Lexapro? I found a website that had a lot of scary side effects from it too:

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   Posted 2/29/2008 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I totally know what you are talking about. I have had anxiety for years now and I am constantly forgetting where I put things or what I was doing and screwing up words and fumbling with what I'm trying to say. Sometimes I feel like I'm stoned or drunk just because my mind is way over occupied with other things. A lot of times I just can't get out what I'm trying to say unless I'm totally focused on what is going on like if I'm arguing with someone. I wouldnt worry too much if I were you.
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