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Posted by Adam on October 20, 1999, at 10:30:25

As some of you may have read, I'm currently taking an monoamine oxidase inhibitor, and fairly recently have gotten
onto what I feel is a "therapeutic dose."

I've experienced fairly mild side effects. The least subtle have been sleep disturbance and some jitters. It's the
more subtle effects that have me concerned at this point.

Example: Yesterday someone asked me my phone number, and for the life of me, I could not remember it. I have lived
at the same address for over three years, and my phone number hasn't changed once during that time. I'm sure it would
have come back to me (I consulted an ID before I had the chance), but it seems to me that my phone number of all things
ought to be an immediate recall item. I've had similar experiences over the past couple weeks. I like the composer
Erik Satie, and was discussing his music with someone over lunch. Thing is, after a few minutes, even though I had said
"Satie" at the beginning of the conversation, I suddenly lost the name. I just couldn't get it out. It was there, just,
well, temporarily inaccessible. I'm finding names particularly difficult these days. And directions. Someone asked
me how to get to my appartment from Boston, and damned if I didn't have to go to Yahoo to get a map. This is a trip I
have made many, many times, at least from their general area.

I guess all this could be a sign of age, but it's not like I'm _that_ old (just shy of 30). I know depression can have
profound effects on memory, but I'm not feeling especially depressed at the moment. I could be getting paranoid, but
the phone number lapse kind of jarred me. That's a definite first, and frankly, I felt like a bit of a dope. I'm a bit
worried because I'm a researcher, and my memory is one of those assets I can't do without. I've never been especially
great at memorization, but my ability to remember and recall information has never got me worried before. Now I'm a
little worried.

Any thoughts? Suggestions?




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