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Brain dysfunctions while depressed

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Have been suffering a major depression for 5 months now. I've noticed that bits of my brain don't work anymore! Does everyone else suffer from this while depressed? I know lack of ability to make decisions is one of the key things (often listed on those "are you depressed" questionnaires). But I also can't do simple sums any more, get lost while counting things, can't analyse problems and come up with solutions, can't focus on tricky concepts enough to understand them, can't make critical judgements, can't think on the fly, can't run a meeting... All those higher-level brain functions that are essential to my job. Does this ever come back? Has there been any research on this? How long does this impairment last? Does it come back before I start to feel recovered from depression (ie part of the recovery) or after it (ie will only work when not depressed)?

(Am not on any meds due to severe, idiosyncratic side effects (posted on Citalopram forum)). Going the alternative-health route with yoga, aromatherapy, flower-remedies, exercise and acupuncture.

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Hi Pink Fluff,

I can only share with you my own experiences with depression. I've been suffering from severe clinical depression for the past year, give or take, and most of those impairments are indeed symptoms of depression. I had and still have some if not all of the problems you listed. Something that people seem to forget is that depression and other related illnesses are in your brain. It is in your brain alongside everything else, so it is only logical that other things will be affected as well, especially when it's related to emotions (which have a major impact on everything in a person's life). It can get worse... but it can get BETTER, and it WILL get better if you continue going forward with therapy. :bump:

I wish that I could offer some suggestions or advice on dealing with the problem, but unfortunately I can't do that much. :shocked:

I'm just letting you know, it does get better, believe me. Been there, done that, going through it again, and will beat it, just like last time.

~Alex :hearts:

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All your brain function does come back. The difficult part is getting through the depression. I have been in and out of depressions over the years, so I know how the illness seems to effect things like concentration and skills related to higher cognition. It's problematic, but a symptom.

Keep a log every day if you're worried that you are forgetting things. Looking at this my help you process what you need to know and do. Hopefully, this goes away soon. I know how yucky this is when you're trying to work. Sorry that the Lexparo didn't work out.

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It has been proven that when under stress the brain can't learn I sometime forget words I use everyday

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Pink, are you using Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy? I like that one. Swimming works well for me, too, as the water soothes me.

I have had the same experience. I would speak sentences at a weird pace that detracted from their meaning. I could not organize my thoughts or schedule. It was a mess. And the job disappeared out from under me. But I am a lot better now. It has been a slow climb back up, but I am, indeed, better. Do you have some stressors in your life that led you downhill?

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Pink, are you using Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy? I like that one. Swimming works well for me, too, as the water soothes me.

I have had the same experience. I would speak sentences at a weird pace that detracted from their meaning. I could not organize my thoughts or schedule. It was a mess. And the job disappeared out from under me. But I am a lot better now. It has been a slow climb back up, but I am, indeed, better. Do you have some stressors in your life that led you downhill?

I've got Rescue Remedy for bad days, yes, but day-to-day use a mixture made up for me by my aromatherapist who also specialises in Bach remedies (I think it's Beech, Walnut, Impatiens and Water Violet at the moment).

As for stressors in my life - you name it! Major work problems (dept reorganization, new teams, new responsibilties, unhappy staff, negative teams, too much work, long hours for no extra pay, disruptive people); bereavement; financial worries; teenage daughter; feeling of being trapped in my current situation which has no solutions.... None of these are going away, so I need to find a way to make me stronger to cope with them. Last year was over-the-top in terms of bad luck but HR and Occupational Health have been helpful, and I got free counselling through work for a limited period. Unfortunately that's now come to an end and I can't afford private counselling. Though actually I found all the talking about it just made me even more depressed...!

Swimming helps because I empty my mind of all the worries and concentrate on counting lengths!

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I can completely relate, I am terrible at making decisions on the fly. I often find myself considering both sides of everything and coming to a stale-mate with myself. What usually makes things hard on me when I am depressed is when both options look bad and either one is going to hurt me in some way.

I think my anxiety is an even bigger hindrance to making decisions. The stress starts building and I start to get emotional and just can't make a decision. There have been many times where this happens but sometimes even trying to select a particular product at the store can do this to me. I see all of these people surrounding me and can't think anymore.

I do find some decisions to be very easy when I see a clear cut answer as long as I am not too stressed out at the moment, especially moral ones. So I can still make some decisions, but when things get tough for me, I usually crack under the pressure.

Edit:

I thought I didn't even post that, wierd. :hearts: Anyway, Pink Fluff, I was trying to come up with some good advice to give you and couldn't come up with too much. It does seem that depression changes the way our brain functions quite a bit. Sorry my post couldn't be more helpful, I wanted to come up with something useful but depression probably isn't helping too much with that either.

Well, I am wishing you well even though I can't do much to help, so hang in there Pink Fluff.

Edited by chaku

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