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June 8, 2012 1:48 PM Subscribe
Help with memory loss please! I am taking lithium for my mental illness, and although I've tried numerous other medications, it does the best at managing my symptoms with minimal side effects except this major one: I think I'm having a LOT of memory loss. I'm looking for coping strategies, techniques, etc that might help mitigate this.
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Relavant details, I'm 28, female, don't drink or smoke marijuana, and have always had a very, very good memory. I've been trying to switch to a different mood stabilizer but I've had poor reactions to EVERYTHING but lithium. I'm currently on Pristiq, which seems to work great for my depression, and I'm taking a low dose of sapphris, which makes me exhausted so we're going really slow.
I've learned to deal with the stomach issues lithium causes, I just really want some help with feeling like I'm forgetting things I used to remember. I don't even know how to keep track of it, how to get organized. I don't know what to do. Someone recommended I try Coque10, but given how expensive it is I'm hesitant to try unless I hear more than one anecdotal recommendation.
I'm in good health, I'm a full time employee and a graduate student, I have an active social life, I feel like I can't afford to just lose patches of time and events. Plus, my notes are so disorganized because I used to rely on my brain to remember where I put things. As my job becomes increasingly complex I feel like I'm drowning.
I'm looking for supplements, food, techniques, exercises, books, anything at all that you found helpful. I am NOT looking for suggestions for different meds (I'm trying....and I'm working with my doctor, and I've tried the homeopathic route before under doc's supervision, it's not an option for me right now). Thank you all so much, you never know how much you miss something until it's gone!!