Well, i never mentioned that your brain has been damaged due to prolonged use of anti depressants or it will get damaged in future , kindly read my post again , what i have tried to explain to you is that the poor memory or poor concentration that you may be experiencing is temporary , and may be atributable to your condition and now that you have mentioned that you have been suffering from OCD , now it makes more sense , why your concentration has taken a dip , as your obsessional thoughts overwhelm you all the time , which clouds your mind , due to which your concentration and memory take a back seat , you only tell me that how can one concentrate or memorize things if one is constantly fearing or preoccupied with other thoughts , similar to te way you do , dearCustomer, it is not the anti depressants , but is the uncontrolled OCD , which is responsible for your poor memory .
I never ever mentioned before that anti depressants have caused brain damage , remember i told you that these drugs are FDA approved , and would have got banned , if such was the case.
So, i suggest you need to get your OCD under control , and no, long use of anti depressants have not caused any brain damage and they never will , it is just THE OCD , that is taking a toll on your concentration, memory and valuable time which can be used for meaningfull purposes.
So, the solution is to get your present drug Zoloft ( sertraline ) dosage reviewed , zoloft is an SSRI , your body might have become resistant to it over a long period of time , so you can turn to a different class of drugs which even today is cnsidered the first line medication of OCD , and that is Clomipramine , which is TRICYCLIC aNTI DEPRESSANT , AND ALONG WITH IT YOU MAY ADD
Risperidone low dose . Both these drugs dosages need to be discussed with your current doctor , and i am sure this combination will work for you , as it has worked for my patients . Also , if you can give CBT ,one MORE TRY , IT WILL BE JUST GREAT and will be considered a positive step. Believe it or not CBT , does have a good positive result in cases of OCD.
i KNOW,you have endured a lot of stresess due to your condition , but i feel if you consider the treatment regime that i have mentioned here and discuss wth your doctor and decide to get start on it , i feel you will benefit , and your cognition will improve , and again please do not jump to hasty conclusion as no brain damage has been caused here , it is a temporary phase , which will get sorted once your OCD features are taken care of.
I hope this answer clears your doubts.
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