Why am I getting dumber?
April 5, 2007 1:53 PM Subscribe
I'm concerned about the deterioration of my memory and language skills over the past few years.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (28 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
In high school, I scored an 800 on the verbal portion of the SAT and was generally considered to have remarkable ability with language, especially vocabulary. My memory was also quite good - I never forgot birthdays or names and remembered almost everything I read quite vividly.
These days, I find myself making ridiculous spelling and diction errors, and I've developed a slight but noticeable stutter. I repeat myself often because I forget I've already said something or had a particular conversation with someone before. I'm a programmer, and code maintainability is also becoming an issue because it feels like I no longer have access to what I was thinking when I wrote something that's more than a couple weeks old.
I'm 28 now, and part of me feels like perhaps all this is just a function of no longer being a teenager. However, when I was 22-23, I did a huge amount of cocaine and ecstasy for about a year. I stopped, and haven't done any drugs at all since then. But I can't help but wonder if I did some lasting damage to myself during this time. Also, whatever the cause of this might be, I'm interested in anything I can do to improve in these areas. I'm female, if it matters.
Anonymous to avoid revealing my drug use to potential Googlers.