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I've been noticing that my memory is getting worse and worse. I'm having a hard time coming up with words when I'm talking and remembering things short term and long term. This started before going vegan but I feel like it's just been getting worse (I'm not saying this is at all because of my diet but it hasn't helped it at all). The scary thing is that I'm only 20. I'm just wondering if anyone has ever experienced when they were veg*n or otherwise and if you found something that helped. Honestly, it's been really scary and frustrating.
 

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Anything else you've noticed that is "off"? Blurred vision, shaking, headaches, etc?
 

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Not really...nothing that really sticks out. If there has been I can't really remember! It's so hard because I don't want to go to the doctor about it because I don't even know what they would do other than run a bunch of tests. I had comprehensive blood work done and everything was great. I'm wondering if I should try to add more of a certain food to my diet and see if that helps?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lovemyarchnug</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2880751"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Not really...nothing that really sticks out. If there has been I can't really remember! It's so hard because I don't want to go to the doctor about it because I don't even know what they would do other than run a bunch of tests. I had comprehensive blood work done and everything was great. I'm wondering if I should try to add more of a certain food to my diet and see if that helps?</div>
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Maybe take some Omega3 capsules?
 

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Yea I'm thinking of trying that. I want to try to stay away from pill popping as much as I can though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I just thought of something. I'm wondering if it started when I went on Lexapro. I just googled "Lexapro and Memory Loss" and it seems like a lot of people have had similar problems. I don't know what to do. I had problems with getting the medication for a while so I tried to wean off of it and honestly it was horrible. I would have sharp pains in my head, was irritable, and my IBS got worse just to name a few. I'm only on 10 mg, a really small dose, but it's scary to me that I can have withdrawal symptoms like that. I feel like there's no right answer. I either go off of it and my daily life is affected with anxiety and what not, or I stay on it and I have some of the side effects. I'm not saying that that's for sure what it is but I just wish I didn't even have to wonder about it.
 

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Yea I'm thinking of trying that. I want to try to stay away from pill popping as much as I can though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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There are also memory improvement exercises you can do. Here are some that I found on a website that work for me (I have a TERRIBLE short term memory):<br><br>
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Memorize the phone numbers of your ten closest friends and relatives. After that, memorize ten more. Then ten more.<br>
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When grocery shopping, mentally keep a running total of the value of the items in your cart. At first, round off prices to make it easier. For a real challenge, include the exact amounts of dollars and cents as you perform the mental computations.<br>
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Memorize your grocery list, especially if you only need a dozen items or less. It’s okay to keep a written copy in your pocket for review when you’re done shopping.<br>
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Join one or more card-playing groups. Bridge, Poker, Canasta - it doesn’t matter. Play with the group at least twice a month.<br><br>
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If you have someone to play board games with, start a game night. Play a different board game once a week. Choose challenging games. If checkers is too easy, learn chess.<br>
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Create short-term memory tests. Place a dozen small objects on a table. Examples: button, coin, photo, pencil, paperclip, key, etc. Take ten seconds to memorize the items, then cover with a hat or cloth. Recall, out loud, as many as you can.<br>
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Complete a crossword puzzle a day. Buy a crossword book which has dozens of puzzles such as the New York Times crossword collection, or complete the puzzle in your daily newspaper.<br>
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Memorize one "top ten list" a day. Examples: Top 10 Greatest Mathematicians, 10 Huge Prehistoric Cats, 10 Most Common Food Allergies, Top 10 Castles and Palaces. Type "top ten lists" into a Google search, and you’ll find dozens.<br>
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Learn a craft or hobby. Pick something challenging and intriguing. Become an expert.<br>
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Spend 10 minutes a day memorizing place names from around the globe. First challenge yourself to memorize the U.S. state capitals. Then memorize the names of the countries on each continent. Then memorize the capitals of those countries.<br>
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When you meet someone new, memorize at least three pieces of information about them besides their name. Write this information down later on an index card. Periodically study your cards.<br>
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Create flash cards on a subject you know nothing about. Make 50 flash cards that define the main concepts of that topic. Memorize the cards, and test yourself periodically. Wrap each stack with a rubber band, or file them in small boxes to keep them organized.<br>
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Memorize the order of the playing cards in a randomly shuffled deck. No, this isn’t impossible! Use the visualization memory systems described elsewhere on this site.<br>
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Memorize the lyrics of your favorite songs. To get the lyrics, type the song name plus the word "lyrics" into a Google search.<br>
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Determine to learn a new language. Find a native speaker who you can converse with on a regular basis. Become bilingual!<br>
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After reading a book, write down a summary of the plot or main points of the book plus what you learned. If you don’t read much, start now with the classics.<br>
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Keep a daily journal. At day’s end, recall what happened that day and write it down in as much detail as you can.
 

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Those are some great ideas. Sometimes it's hard for me to stick with that stuff because then I just get more frustrated that I can't rememeber things like I used to. I also edited my previous post that I think it might have to do with my medication...
 

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Those are some great ideas. Sometimes it's hard for me to stick with that stuff because then I just get more frustrated that I can't rememeber things like I used to. I also edited my previous post that I think it might have to do with my medication...</div>
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That would seem to be the likely culprit. If it continues or gets worse, I'd consider switching to something else.
 

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Eat foods rich in iron or those foods for improving memory like brocolli, tomatoes, berries and nuts. If your eight conscious you can try taking Brain Swift booster supplement for improving memory function and mental focus. But for me, tried first the eating foods rich in IRON or brain booster foods... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors are notorious for causing cognitive interference (as is clinical depression). Alternately, it could be that depressive illness or anxiety is skewing your own perceptions about your cognitive ability.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">It's so hard because I don't want to go to the doctor about it because I don't even know what they would do other than run a bunch of tests.</div>
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Well, the only way to rule out physiological disease or injury would be to see a neurologist and subject yourself to such tests. Not only will they be able to confirm or disconfirm cognitive decline, but the doctor could also subject you to an MRI or CAT scan to look for gross physiological insults.<br><br>
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I have the exact same problem with my short term/long term memory and formulating words. Ive spoken to several doctors and specialists about it and had rediculous amounts of blood drawn over a long period of time.<br><br>
The medical proffesionals couldnt help me. if you find anythin out let me know :)
 

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I'm totally not going to tell you what you <i>should</i> do or that I have the answers. But <i>I will</i> tell you what <i>I</i> would do if I was having the same issues (which, by the way, I am, but I believe mine is due to peri-menopause)<br><br>
First, I would give it my best shot getting off your Lexapro for long enough to get a good idea of whether that is your problem. Even if it was uncomfortable. Many times, prescription meds seem to cause a worsening of symptoms while your getting off of them, but if you gradually taper off it should make it easier. (Can you cut pills into halves and/or quarters?)<br><br>
At the same time, I would also be getting fresh flax seed meal daily (this is my own vegan solution for Omega 3's...I mix 1/2 and1/2 ground flax seeds and ground Quinoa into hot water and soymilk to make a cereal <i>every</i> day. I started doing this when I started having memory issues and "cloudy/fuzzy" thinking, along with eating a good healthy variety of foods. It ensures that I'm not only getting my Omega 3's but also that I'm getting enough protein...something I've noticed makes a huge difference in my memory and general cognitive functioning.<br><br>
If you do decide to use flax seeds, I highly recommend keeping them refrigerated and grinding your own as needed. If you buy pre-ground flax seeds (sold as flax seed meal) the Omega 3's are basically gone and you'd be wasting your time. There is something about the outer shell of the seed that preserves the beneficial fats. Once they've been ground they should be eaten and/or refirigerated for no more than a day or two...that is, if you want the benefit of the Omega 3's. It would still be o.k. to eat, of course, you just wouldn't have the same nutritional benefits. I just use a coffee grinder and throw my flax seeds and quinoa in there together to grind them up before using them. If you use a little vanilla soy milk, it helps with the flavor...and if you add some blueberries (also good for memory) and bananas (just for general yummyness) it's really pretty good.<br><br>
Also, in your case, if you have anxiety, I would be checking out all alternative possibilities. It sounds like you're on a very low dose as it is, which I would think (I could be wrong) that your anxiety might be minimal enough that some alternative things might have a better chance of being "enough" (i.e. regular aerobic exercize, a B vitamin supplement etc..)<br><br>
All I can really say is that I have done all of the above to help with my peri-menopausal (memory/hormonal/ditz-factor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> issues and have really been helped <i>enormously</i>. I've never taken or tried to get off this kind of medication, but I know people who have and it's true that it can be quite uncomfortable.<br><br>
Two last things I would avoid like the plague: 1. Trans-fats (they counteract the Omega 3's) and 2: High Fructose Corn Syrup (it's in almost all processed foods and can screw up your health in very sneaky ways) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
If all else fails, or you find that you still need something for your anxiety after giving it your best shot, I'd try somthing other than Lexapro.<br><br><br>
I wish you much luck!
 

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Those are some great tips. Things seem to be better now and I'm actually at 10mg of Lexapro right now. I think I'm going to just keep trying to increase the foods that I'm eating that you suggested and see if that makes more of a difference.
 
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