Posted by linkadge on August 28, 2007, at 16:48:16
In reply to Re: Verbal recall, posted by Jamal Spelling on August 28, 2007, at 16:27:03
>I'm not taking any meds currently. This problem >seems worse when I talk with people with whom I >feel uncomforable.
This can be a symptom of social anxiety disorder. It can occur by itself or comorbid with depression. Are you currently experiencing depressive symtpoms? Have you had symptoms of social anxiey in the past? (ie sweating, fear of talking to unfamilliar people etc?)
>some hypothesize that depression is a >degenerative brain disease. I'm worried that I >might be suffering some brain damage from years >of partially treated depression.
It is difficult to say. If you feel that you can communicate well, when you are with friends, then this probably means that the brain cells are there, but just not firing properly when you are under stress.
If you were completely forgetting things nomatter who you were with, then this might be more indicitive of loss of brain cells.
>When I took SSRIs in the past, my verbal recall >was better than it is now. What is the role of >serotonin in verbal recall?
Serotonin can play a role in verbal recall. I think the 5-ht2c receptors are involved in verbal recall.
It would be best to ask yourself how you are feeling now. If you are not depressed and doing well, then you may want to look at ways to work on improving confidence in crowds.
If, you are experiencing syptoms of depression or social anxiety disorder, you may want to get that treated first, and then see how things go.