Anxiety was (oddly) causing me to lose my memory!
by Mrs. Anonymous
I was getting to where I would lose track of what street I was on... Once, I came out of a store and just couldn't remember anything - where I was, what I was doing, nothing... just walked out and my mind went blank.
I was taking the same road to my child's school and I would get confused on it. I would forget people's names immediately upon learning them... and for the most part I also couldn't remember much about what I did the day before.
My doctor prescribed "Sertraline" (the generic name for, I think, Zoloft). It is called an "anti-depressant", but I wasn't depressed. Apparently they prescribe "anti-depressants" for anxiety!
Well, I'm only taking a low dose of 50 mg. per day, and faithfully doing so, my memory - or at least 75% of it - has returned! It has made life so much easier!
I no longer worry that I'm developing "early Alzheimer's
" (as a friend of my mom's did, and died around my age). BUT - you have to wait - they say - about 1 to 3 months for it to start working "fully" (I felt a difference in just 2 weeks!) AND you HAVE to *STICK WITH IT*!
It will pay in the long run if you take it *faithfully* *every day*! It has worked for me! Good luck & God Bless!Doug's
Thanks for sharing your story, and how wonderful that it has a happy ending. It's actually well-known that stress can cause memory loss
But I find it very interesting indeed that an anti-depressant medication mostly cured your memory problems. As you say, this solution might be appropriate for others who are experiencing debilitating forgetfulness.
I did a little research online on Sertraline. You're right, Zoloft is the brand name for this medication.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Zoloft increases the amount of a neurochemical called serotonin that helps balance the brain. It's often prescribed to treat:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (mood swings, etc.)
- Sometimes other uses, such as headaches
Fascinating that it can repair your memory! It's rare that medically related memory problems have such a fast and successful cure as you've experienced.
I'm so happy for you, and I'm sure that others around the world in similar situations who read this will benefit from your story.
Note: Anyone thinking of pursuing this option should consult with a qualified, knowledgeable physician as their first step.
This is information only. It is not medical advice
, diagnosis, or treatment.