Q. How to get treatment for my memory and concentration problem?

 

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Hello doctor,

My doctor suggested me to have cognitive testing for my problems with memory and concentration. I also cry for no reason. I was let go from work for making too many mistakes and forgetting tasks. I cannot get over that. I feel I will not be able to find other work because I have Lupus SLE arthritis and fibromyalgia. I am really depressed and crying constantly. Currently I am on Wellbutrin for anxiety, Plaquenil for lupus, Procardia for Raynaud’s, Lialda for colitis, Lisinopril for high blood pressure and Alendronate for arthritis. I have been taking the same medication for the past six years. Please help me.

 

 

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Hello,

Welcome to dr.sitehome.info.

I can understand your concern.

The symptoms like forgetfulness, lack of focus, poor concentration, memory issues, etc., are seen commonly in depression and should be evaluated properly.

You have mentioned that you also cry for no reasons and you are 53 years old. It is not very common to have dementia at this age.

Secondly, memory impairment in dementia start with memory issues in day-to-day thing. Mood symptoms, crying, focus issues, etc., are seen commonly in late stage of dementia.

  • You have history of depression and considering this in my opinion you should consult a psychiatrist for help.
  • MMSE or mini mental status examination will help to rule out cognitive impairment. If MMSE comes in normal range then most likely cause of your symptoms are pseudodementia due to depression. Please visit a psychiatrist and with proper antidepressant treatment your symptoms will go.

For further information consult a psychiatrist online –> https://www.dr.sitehome.info/ask-a-doctor-online/psychiatrist



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