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spacecadet: life after effexor/welbutrin; cognitive difficulties

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So thankful for this website and the online community who "gets it". Can use all the support I can get!

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Any work suggestions?

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On 2017-06-05 at 2:23 AM, spacecadet said:

Although improving slowly but surely, I still am experiencing cognitive difficulties that bother me greatly. ...

 

I am fortunate enough to have supportive friends and family throughout this process, but their patience is definitely wearing thin and everyone thinks I should be further along than I am. I did have a temp job for a brief period of time earlier this year, but am not working as of now and am still living at home. Not knowing which direction to take in terms making money is certainly an added stress that is driving me a little crazy. Does anyone have any recommendations for work while dealing with this?

 

There are several topics about work and jobs.  Here are links to what came up as results when I searched for

Jobs.

Work. (this is less precise because the word "work" is used to mean "function", as in "Do these drugs actually work?")

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Went to see a psychologist today in regards to anxiety and moving forward. When I told her about the memory problems and concentration issues she recommended seeing a neurologist. Has anyone else done this?? 

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Started taking 5htp 100 mg caps two days ago. Almost immediately felt an increase in energy and have a sort of upbeat "buzzy" feeling. This has been a nice change from wanting to sleep all day and not getting anything done. I am hoping the buzzy feeling will decrease over the next few days as I am adjusting to the supplement. It's almost like having had too much coffee, although my mood also seems to have improved significantly as well. Has anyone else noticed immediate effects from 5htp? I can't help but feel like I am more sensitive to it having gone through AD withdrawal this year. 

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On 6/8/2017 at 9:20 PM, spacecadet said:

Went to see a psychologist today in regards to anxiety and moving forward. When I told her about the memory problems and concentration issues she recommended seeing a neurologist. Has anyone else done this?? 


Yes. I went to the neurologist and guess what ? It's "just" the withdrawal. My brain was perfectly healthy, which had cleared my worries about having some serious neurological problem. Withdrawal from medications is something that affects your whole body, which is horrifying.

 

I'm also having cognitive difficulties through my journey, and I'm dealing with withdrawal for a bit more than a half of year. I can say that in my windows, my cognition was good, maybe even very good, still not extremely good (which is my goal, because it was extremely good before) but hey, I felt really smart, and I know that's the thing we all want to when we're having cognitive difficulties. I also have them right now, but I'm still on medications and I'm slowly tapering.

 

It's going to pass, I'm repeating that to myself every day, because I'm zombified and have nothing to lose actually, plus I have no thoughts. When I'm mindless, why not at least do one good thing for my subconscious mind while working on myself by believing and repeating to myself that it's going to be okay ? I mean, I tell myself: "Look how many people got better, you really think you can't do it ?".

Cards, crosswords, writing about what you're feeling, talking about it with someone who understands and who wouldn't judge and... waiting. 

 

I think that the goal of all of us it surviving, as the name of the site says.
Once you see the light, once you see that you can, once you see the progress - you'll have more hope about that all.
There were even people, which thankfully hasn't happened to me, who didn't know how to dress themselves for example, and they're now better.

Good luck :)

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spacecadet, please be aware that 5-HTP will need to be tapered the same way that prescription psychoactive medication does.

 

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) and L-tryptophan.

 

Many people in withdrawal find it helpful to supplement with omega 3 and/or magnesium. Start with one or the other at a low dose and work your way up.

Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil).

Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker.

Edited by scallywag

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i take fish oil everyday but have not noticed any significant differences; however, i do trust that it is good for overall brain health. I was also taking magnesium but experienced rapid heartbeat so I stopped taking it. 

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It's possible that you're taking too low a dose of fish oil or that the product you are taking has a low concentration of the Omega 3 fatty acids that are most supportive of neurological health: DHA - docosahexaenoic acid and EPA - eicosapentaenoic acid.

 

Please read the first post of the topic on fish oil (link above) to see our suggestion about the daily dosage that people have reported working for them. If I recall correctly it's over 1500 mg of DHA or EPA or a combination.

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Is there a noticeable difference that people feel or is it just good for the recovery process?

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When I went to get a referral to a neurologist, the gp wanted to run more labs for memory problems and fogginess. Thyroid levels came back normal but my b12 came back at 273. From what I understand this is pretty low... could my symptoms be attributed to this? Not sure why they didn't test for this a year ago. 

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