First time poster here.....I am 31 years old and have had ongoing issues relating to low mood/anxiety since my early teens. Since my late teens, this has had a drastic effect on my concentration. Almost overnight at the age of 17, I went from being a high achiever academically to my current state where I have issues absorbing information and focussing for any sustained period of time. I have been seeking help for depression since about the age of 22 and started using SSRIs at the age of 24 (I continued this for about 4 years and then stopped as I felt I was not getting enough benefit to justify the trouble and expense). I have recently been very low and this has impacted on my career to the extent that I am now on stress leave from work. I generally cannot study in any meaningful way or undertake research projects at work to any reasonable standard. My attention to detail is also badly impacted.
Until now, I had never spoken to anyone about my issues but in the last week I have made my family and some friends aware of what I have been going through. I have visited my doctor and been prescribed with mirtazapine (I am still waiting to feel any benefit but have been told it may take 2-4 weeks to take effect). If it doesn't I will trial other meds.
I am very determined to get well and hope that opening up to some people will help, together with hopefully finding meds that work, will have a positive effect.
I just wanted to know if anyone on here can relate to my specific circumstances regarding a dramatic loss of concentration? I have always read other people's experiences of depression with interest but it appears that the dramatic loss of concentration I have suffered might not be a common product of depression, which concerns me slightly. I do realise that depression is a broad area and that everyone's experience of it is unique. I have been screened for ADD/ADHD, for example, and have even tried out the relevant little medication, which had little or no effect. I do suffer other effects of depression such as social withdrawal, general anxiety etc but the concentration issue is probably the most damaging aspect of it, as it has held me back hugely both professionally and academically.
If anyone has had even a slightly similar experience they would like to share, please let me know.