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Re: How can I cope with concentration problems?

Posted by Janice on January 9, 1999, at 4:14:14

In reply to Re: How can I cope with concentration problems?, posted by judi on January 8, 1999, at 21:47:38

> I'm assuming your problems stem from drug

Judi, I'm thinking the problems stem from the
depression, and/or, maybe, the meds. I'm
changing from Luvox to Celexa, soon, and am
hoping for some improvement on the concentra-
tion front. I found some improvement with Kava
Kava, 425 mg once daily (a low dose), but it was
short-lived. I could have increased the dose of
Kava Kava, but didn't. Kava Kava is a herb that
promotes relaxation without causing drowsiness
and without being addictive. I take it because
I am a trichotillomaniac, a hair puller. Not
sure it helps the hair pulling, truthfully, but
it did make me more alert for about 1-2 weeks.

> I have similar problems but mine were a result
of a head injury. I have gone through
neuropsych testing, and am awaiting the results.
Apparently once the problem is identified they
can recommend therapy to address it.

Best of luck to you on your tests. I hope
there is an answer for you. I've had no head
injury, except for maybe frying my brain a
little with these antidepressants I take daily,
overdosing on an antidepressant cocktail
(Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Desyrel, Seldane) one
time, overdosing on rat poison (a product
called Sudden Death, which sounded good to me
at the time) and high blood pressure meds
(not my own) another time, and not treating my
sleep apnea, in a timely fashion. And then there
is the damage from those who are down on me for
not doing/being more, a literal (or figurative?)
slap to the head several times daily. (Ouch,
stop slapping me!!) Others hate me (at least
that is what it feels like), and I have
grown to hate myself; even though, the
depression is not my fault. Guess, I should be
able to control it, eh? Narf! Poit! Zoit!
Egads! (Pinkyisms)

> Can you ask your doc for a referrel to a
neuropsychologist? Good luck.

I could ask....but,unfortunately, I am afraid
to ask my pdoc for ANYTHING.

I'm sorry to sound so negative and cynical; I'm
not trying to mock your suggestions; I am
grateful you responded. I have and will
seriously consider what you've said.

Thank you for responding.




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