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Brain Fog: Blank mind, comprehension, cognitive and memory problems

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What have you guys tried to help these issues? There has to be something that can be done for help. Anything????? I am completley brain dead and can't live like this anymore.

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Only time and patience help, and perhaps a good dose of high quality fish oil every day.

 

My memory, which normally is well above average, went to the dogs when I was in withdrawal from Lexapro. It seemed like my thoughts were just moving too fast for any of them to take hold. I'd walk into a room and couldn't remember what I wanted there, although pausing and taking a deep breath would sometimes help to bring the thought back. Sometimes the memory wouldn't come back until I bumped into some kind of reminder, like an empty tea mug.

 

I've been in withdrawal (on a gradually lessening basis of symptoms) for sixteen months, and I'd guess that my memory began to come back about six to seven months after the last dose of Lexapro. Today my memory is as good as it's ever been, as is my ability to think clearly.

 

Telling yourself that you "can't live like this any more" is counterproductive. You're just making things harder on yourself by thinking that you aren't tough enough to get through this. You are, and your cognition WILL improve, but not right this minute.

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My Mom asked me to taker her Pocketbook home with me while she is in the hospital doing her rehab for the stroke.  She is doing very well.  You would not know she had a stroke.

 

Well...........there was and envelope in the bag with cash in it.....so I hid it

 

Don't have a clue as to where I put it.  Have been looking for two days now. :blink:

 

Haven't had the courage to tell her yet :unsure:

 

I guess I have to keep looking...........it ain't easy getting older and forgetfulness from AD's.

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Mine is improving, though it has taken long enough. I wonder if NoRx is still around to give us an update, given that this thread was started a few years ago.

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I have been dealing with short-term memory issues like so many of you. I'm only 25 and it is very frightening to say the least. Before and during my use of antidepressants, I always had an above average memory, which really helped me excel in school. Now that I am off AD's, it seems like I have trouble remembering words, names, even things I did just minutes ago. Some days, my memory seems to be better but other days not so much. I do believe it is improving slightly overall. Hoping the memory issues continue to improve for not only myself but everyone else dealing with them on this board. All the best!  

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Yeah I had that too and went off at age 24. At 28 still some issues but vastly improved. NoRx how is this going for you?

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I have weird memory symptoms.  I'm not sure what to attribute them to, so I wonder if anyone else has experienced anything alike.  In general, I have a lot of deja vus about people.  Plus sometimes I have memories that I don't know if they can really be memories, and I'm not sure if I can tell the difference between memories or non memories which come to me like memories.  What a mess it is.  A psychologist told me I could attribute it to depression.  A psychiatrist basically raised an eyebrow and referred me for further assessment which I skipped for fear of... assessment.  I don't know.  I' d say this has been happening for a few years at least, but I had had something similar about 20 yrs ago.  I was vegetarian at the time, I don't know if I messed up my brain with inadequate nutrition.  No doctor has ever taken that idea seriously.  The latter mentioned one that is.

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Hi omgwtf,

 

Unfortunately, the issue of memory is one that if medical professionals know what to do with, they will label it as a mental health issue as your psychologist did by wanting to label it as depression.

 

I don't have any good answers to address your concerns except to say that memory problems are quite common in withdrawal. Looking at your diet can't hurt and might help your situation.

 

Also, are you getting enough sleep?  The reason I am asking is my chronic sleep deprivation issues have hurt my memory big time.

 

Best of luck.

 

CS

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I think this is common and gets better and comes back a bit back and forth.  For a long time I am sorry I can't recall how long or when... brain fog was a big issue for me... I would wake every single day with a head ache and started my day with advil lowest dose and coffee... since there is coffee in there I know it was not the first year after I quit cold turkey... I did this for a long time... months maybe. 

I would sit in my car if were summer..( I had a car then..) at the beach away from everyone as I was so irritable I did not want to be around people...or noise.  After an hour or two it would pass. 

At some point I started a diet.. the fatty liver diet from a book...one thing from the book was a salad I call it the grated salad... beets carrot and a green apple... with olive oil and lemon. ... for some odd reason this help my brain fog.. I narrowed it down to beets being the thing... I have no idea why but guessed it might be beets as I craved beets like mad before I quit taking Effexor ... like I did when I was pregnant... I have this idea our bodies crave what we need. 

 

I long ago stopped taking advil think when I had the last car accident.. stopped it completely as I had stomach pain ... but really stopped having that constant morning brain fog a couple of years ago. 

 

If I had to suggest something I think it would be grated beets.. first do no harm.  I am not sure everyone could or should take advil even at the lowest dose but I am almost positive every can eat a raw beet :) it may help if not it will not hurt you. 

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Hi everyone,

 

I am a relative newby on the path of detoxing off Effexor, but I am having severe problems with memory, retention, and comprehending things I read and hear.  It seems to be getting worse, or maybe it is just because I've had to go back to school at a late age and I just notice it more.  Does this stuff cause dementia?  Because I really feel as if I have it.  Anyone else having these severe problems?  Does it get better the further along you get off the Effexor?

 

Thanks!

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I had severe memory and comprehension problems when I reached tolerance on effexor and it was worse after cold turkey... 

I cannot speak to taper as mine attempt was unsuccessful.  

 

This has improved but still seems to come and go I cannot say why... I think it is effexor cold turkey related.  I would suggest you seek advice from others who have tapered off effexor successfully.  I am hoping they had a better results than I have had. 

 

From looking at your taper schedule it would appear your going slowly and it appears your leaving plenty of time between drops.  I am sorry I have no advice to offer all I can say is yes effexor tolerance and taper and taking all affected my memory and my ability to think.  

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Hi, Bananas--

 

I have been tapering off Effexor since November; I'm down to 11.5 mg from 150 mg. Yes, my memory & comprehension have been severely affected by the Effexor. I used to have memory of a "steel trap". Now if I don't take very careful notes in meetings with clients, I am screwed!! At home, I have to ask my husband about things I can't remember. He has to fill in the word I can't think of, finish my thought for me, etc. Very annoying to both of us!! But he has been really supportive in this whole process. I hope this will go away when I get all the way off the evil Effexor.

 

You're not alone here. This site has been a lifeline for me since I started the wean. I was going way too fast & I was suffering horribly. When I signed on here, asked advice & followed it; I can tell you that it has been night & day difference. I am working, traveling, dealing with life, etc.

 

Good luck with your taper.

 

Anne

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Thank you both for the replies.  My seems to get worse and a little better as well, but is still always a problem.  Anne, like you I had a steel trap for a mind.  Met a person once and always remembered their name.  Retention and memory were spot on.  I can't find the words I want either.  See them in my mind and can't say them.  I am so afraid this is what Effexor will leave me with.  Wish I had never gone on it, but then don't we all?!?!  

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Yes we all do.  

Had that kind of a mind myself... for dates other people in history class could never recall they would pump me for them just before exams... a mind full of seemingly useless information ... useless until I needed it. 

I now have trouble writing a reply I think it looks ok on here then when I read it later it is all messed up...part of the time.  I so hate what Effexor has done to my brain not only because of how it has changed how I see myself and must now relate to life but because a defunct brain is not conducive to finding the help or the answers I need to heal from this.  I have long ago given up on doctors to help me with this and when I am functional search for the answers myself as to do nothing is not an option for me. 

I so hate what I am left with and have to make a serious effort to find good in the small things I am left with in order to keep going. 

I wish you peace.

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Have the same problem ....with remeberance and just thinking.

 

They stopped the Effexor ( 50mg) in a clinic c/t and after 3 weeks I came in hell and this is now 2 years ago...

I still have this problems with thinking..

 

So this has one time to stop ?? I also think this has also to do with problems with the adrenal glands and if they are fixed maybe that is better than ? I hope so :)

 

Emely

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Effexor  badly affected my memory and the psychiatrist had me for a brain scan

because I had the symptoms of alzheimers but it came back clear.  It started to

get better after I started to taper, still a long way to go and I don't think I'll ever have 

my photographic memory back but am happy with just remembering my kids names

for now! 

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MammaP you give me hope!  I so wish I was down to 4 beads and had some of myself back.  I have been so afraid I was developing Alzheimer's as well.  

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Effexor  badly affected my memory and the psychiatrist had me for a brain scan

because I had the symptoms of alzheimers but it came back clear.  It started to

get better after I started to taper, still a long way to go and I don't think I'll ever have 

my photographic memory back but am happy with just remembering my kids names

for now! 

I had brain scans too and had previous ones to compare to there have been changes but I do not know what they mean at the bottom of the page there are suggested follow up test to see what it actually is but my neurologist does not think I need them.  My sysmptoms were closer to parkinsons MS ... 

 

Still not right but better than I have been at times.  It seems if I get sick or have a drug reaction (which I now have many reactions to drugs) the stupidness comes back fast and furious. It is scary to get any illness because of this. 

peace

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I completely share in the frustration here.  I'm newly off Effexor and HATE that I was ever on such an evil drug.  I have been completely off Effexor for close to a month (although I'm still taking Prozac).  My mind is foggy most of the time...difficulty remembering things and not thinking clearly.  DOES THIS EVER GET BETTER?  

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Seems to come and go for me IF or when I get sick other otherwise compromised surgery a car accident it comes back on me.  That is what I find so far been off effexor for 6 years and 7 months.  It stayed with me coming and going always but it was less pronounced till a car accident then it came back in spades.  I am recently had a kidney infection and my brain power went to ziltch. 

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I've been experiencing memory issues for a number of years now, but as usual I didn't get anywhere when I talked to doctors about it.  In addition, I've also noticed myself especially recently having a 'blank mind' when I try and respond to an issue or articulate what I want to say - it's like my thoughts just stop being processed and produced.  Needless to say I've been very worried about this, but as I can't seem to get off the antipsychotic I'm on anymore quickly than I am I'm not sure that there's anything I can do.

 

Have others of you been struggling with these two issues?  Have you found anything helpful?

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I've had problems with this and still do at times. It was much worse when I first went into withdrawal.  For me it comes and goes in waves along with other symptoms and it still gets bad when I'm in a wave.  I agree that its frustrating and frightening.  I can't remember what I did a few hours ago or what day it is.  I also can't find words and a whole lot of other cognitive problems.  It seems to be quite common.  I've found that nothing helps apart from trying to relax accept it.

 

These kinds of symptoms can be caused by being on the drugs and withdrawal from them, but they will get better with recovery.  When I'm not in a wave, my memory and thinking is quite good now.

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Terrible for me. Took some chicken out of the freezer yesterday - don't know where I have out it!

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Big problem for me too for years but better now when I'm in a window. Waves are still

Bad and can't think or remember things. Last week I was driving and suddenly there were these red lights in front of me! I hadn't a clue where I was even though I'd been there many times. It was only fleeting but a bit scary too. Didn't sleep the previous night so was tired too. It was a huge problem before I started tapering.

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Yes happens ALL the time to me now it is so scary I myself haven't found a way to handle it but know you're not alone.

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Thank you for those who've replied to my OP. 

 

Petu - It's great to hear that you've found that your memory and thinking has been good at times now. 

 

I really hope that we can all get a point where we notice that our memory has recovered or improved again.   

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I have the worst memory issues lately, and I'll have been off meds 2 years in January. It's not improving at all.

 

I was talking to my mother the other day about how after ive driven somewhere, i can't for the life of me recall the actual trip. I can't remember which route I've taken, stopping at intersections, etc. When i try to think about it i just draw a complete blank. I sometimes get the whole "how on earth did i get here?" feeling. It's like a time warp. it's really scary because although one can assume I'm automatically being safe on the roads (no tickets, no accidents, no being pulled over for any reason), but it bothers me that one day that may not be the case. I'm obviously on autopilot and zoning out when i drive, but I'm not sure because i don't remember.

 

I also do other things absent-mindedly, like putting things in randomly weird places (eg. Found a dvd in the fridge last night after spending 3 days looking for the damn thing to return to the dvd rental place). I'll boil the kettle to make a cuppa then spend the next half an hour walking around the house looking for the cuppa that i had made half an hour earlier only to return to the kitchen to find the cup with a tea bag in it but no water.

 

I could go on and on with examples like this, but the driving thing scares me the most. My friends and family laugh at my forgetfulness, but i don't find it funny at all.

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Been on lexapro for 5 years with all kins of SE but never had thinking problems until lately increased dose from a long hold dose after tapering last year. My brain had boackout for hours not taking in and/ or producing information. It's the most scary symptoms as it made me disabled for work. Although it seems I can still do simple things at home like cleaning and cooking as though those steps are old and familiar steps not needing thinking.

 

It disappeared in the past week, thank goodness, after I stick to the same dose for a month ( was changing doses quite a bit when that happened by as tiny as 0.1mg). Some of the Other new symptoms came along with this one also subsided although I still have lots physical issues to endure every hour. My case seems caused by dose changes.

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Petru,

since when after quitting drug you started to have windows? Did those windows always clearing the fog from your mind?

 

My short term memory and inability to talk with people on more complicated topics is killing me.

I can only react to thing that someone said now. Even when im trying to remember something (in ex. joke that I have read about 10 minuts before conversation is vanishing from my memory when I try to tell it)

I dont have problems with doing things, some with finding things in my house (but it was always issue for me)

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I have significant memory loss, problems concentrating and organising information. I find it very distressing as it's important for my work. I have not found these things to change in the window/wave pattern.

 

Am wondering if anyone has tried any brain training (games/apps/programs) etc and whether they had any positive impact?

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Am wondering if anyone has tried any brain training (games/apps/programs) etc and whether they had any positive impact?

 

I have tried various brain training apps, and my response would be that they didn't help me. Of course, I never used them as often as I should have due to the fact that I now have the attention span of... well... something that doesn't have a great attention span. I get easily distracted and bored (and frustrated if the tasks are too hard for my poor little damaged brain).

 

Doesn't mean it wouldn't work for you. Everyone is different. Go forth and brain train! Couldn't hurt...

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I'm very early into WD, only one month three weeks, and I feel severely mentally impaired.  People with stories of improvement, please?

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I am 30 months off and I still have brain fog. Not every day and not 24 hours. But long enough to sit blank in my working cube and pray that I can go home.

 

I would try anything to get rid of it. If you have any additonal ideas, please help.

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It really scares me to hear that you still have brain fog.

 

But the good news is that you can hold down a job. I can't even pick our my own clothes right now.

 

Please can someone give us a silver lining?

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i am 30 months off and still suffering. If you want some hopeful stories there was a guy named Challenge on PP who had severe cognitive issues. Horrible memory inability to concentrate etc. He completely healed but it took around 4 years to start seeing real improvement by 5 years he was ok. His wa so bad that he told me he didn't recognize the house he grew up in or where his room was.

 

For myself I took Cerebrolysin a while back and it almost completely cleared the fog but it made me way too nauseas and I could not function so I only took it one day.

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looking at your history I can tell you that you will improve by leaps and bounds from where you are now. I was so so so ill in the beginning I was completely disoriented and didn't even know where I was. It got much better by month 9. Much better.

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