My short term memory is gradually getting worse and worse, I have moments of confusion where I can't remember where I was going, or why. I used to be very confident and outgoing, now I avoid social gatherings because I feel anxious, and I have lost the last 4 jobs because I cannot retain infomation during training. I am a financial disaster which is not great because I will be 65 this year. Is my brain messed up permanently? I was very bright as a university student..and now I can't even manage a call center. Is this common?
I guess the jury is out. I have taken similar medications for the past 25 yrs and, although I'm not working, my mind is still very sharp through activities like volunteering, reading, and being a caregiver. I believe if I had not treated my mental health condition, I would have truly been messed up or dead. So is it going to affect our memory as we grow older, I'll be curious to see what others have to say.
I don't think there's any way to reach a reliable answer to your question. Two of the Meds you mention are antidepressants; depression itself slows down the brain and screws up concentration. Not treating depression could possibly have made your memory and concentration worse. Klonopin, an anti anxiety medicine, can cause confusion. This most usually occurs at high doses - your dose is pretty low. Also, concentration problems would have been apparent within a few days of taking Klonopin- not 20 yrs later. You should probably consider seeing a neurologist who can better answeR your questions and address your concerns.
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