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Old 08-15-2007, 09:13 AM   #1
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Question Brain on Strike?

Hi, I'm a newbie and not really sure how these things work. But there is something that has been bothering me for a while. Years ago my depression was a different animal, don't know if this 'new' symptom is down to the depression. I seem to have problems with thinking for myself, I'm having more problems working things out, its as if my brain shuts down; there are some times when I'm filling in forms when I can only manage a 2 or 3 questions and then my brain shuts down, or if I try to cook, there are times when I can't work out when things are ready, to try it out doesn't seem to occur to me. Am I losing my mind, or does anyone else have similar problems?

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Old 08-15-2007, 09:18 AM   #2
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Re: Brain on Strike?

Hi, have you been checked out by a doc? Something more physical might be going on here.

Old 08-15-2007, 10:09 AM   #3
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Re: Brain on Strike?

I used to have problems like that. Figuring out simple tasks, poor memory, staying focused long enough to write out a check. This can be a symptom of depression. Once treatments start working these symptoms begin to clear pretty quickly.

Old 08-15-2007, 11:17 AM   #4
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Re: Brain on Strike?

Depression can definitely affect your memory. I've had memory problems. But antidepressants can also make your mind foggy. I don't know if you're on medication or not, but I agree that you should consult your doctor. The symptoms you are describing sound more severe than normal depression.

Old 08-15-2007, 01:20 PM   #5
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Re: Brain on Strike?

Depression messes with your mind. I carry my phone # in my wallet just in case of a blank spell. You're not alone.

Old 08-15-2007, 02:18 PM   #6
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Re: Brain on Strike?

Thanks for your thoughts guys, I'm glad I have joined Health boards . I am on meds - quetiapine tabs and flouxetine; I was on lithium 600mg but was rather zombiefied so came off them. Warm wishes to you all and good health .

Old 08-16-2007, 04:36 AM   #7
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Re: Brain on Strike?


Poor memory and concentration can definitely be a sign of depression. My concentration is not great, but during my last major episode it was just horrible. I didn't think it could get any worse but it did. I think years of anxiety/depression/medication has definitely affected me, however with my new meds I'm doing much better. I think I'm always going to have some problems. Sometimes a word or a name is on the tip of my tongue and I can't quite get it. And sometimes I'll be telling someone something and I realize I already told them. But it's definitely better.

Having said that I agree with Sannah that you should see a doctor. Sometimes people assume depression and it could be something else, so you should rule everything else out.

Old 08-18-2007, 07:37 AM   #8
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Re: Brain on Strike?

I guess I'm scared in case something else is going on. Thanks for thr nudge

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