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Kindly answer a few questions..
1) Since how many days are you feeling forgetful ?
2) what exactly do you mean when you say that you have become forgetful , is it that you are unable to recall and remember names of your near and dear ones , your route to the house , your bank account number , etc such important things or is it that your forgetfulness is more towards confusion and inattentiveness ?
3) how are your bipolar symptoms ? are they under control?
Kindly answer the queries against their numbers and i shall get back to you with an appropriate reply.
Hello Dr. Kaushik,
Sorry for the delay.
I'm afraid I misinterpreted your first question. I'm not sure how long I've been forgetful. I do know that I used to pride myself on a "steel trap" memory. I think it has been maybe five years since I've had that ability.
1) I am forgetful every single day, and I'm sure I inflate the experience in my own mind, but it feels as though I only experience short bursts of clarity.
2) The forgetfulness is definitely more about concentration and attention, though I do sometimes forget where I am supposed to be driving, what I was in the middle of doing, or what the end of the sentence I just started was going to be. Still, I would say my forgetfulness (this is the word others use to describe it to me), is about just simply forgetting that I am supposed to do something, or forgetting a step in a series of steps needed to complete a task. I hope that helps.
3) today my bipolar symptoms are fine, but I have been rapid-cycling, trending toward longer periods of Depression, though I believe the prozac may be helping. My illness has not been under good control for a long time -- I would say five or seven years.
Thanks for the reply..
Well, your forgetfulness that you complain of is actually more of a lack of concentration and focus , for which your psychiatrist has rightly started you on a pschostimulant such as ADDERALL ( amphetamine salts ) , but since you are a case of rapid cycling bipolar disorder , so you have been put on 2 mood stabilizers , namely lamictal and Trileptal , 1 anti psychotic such as abilify and 1 anti depressant such as prozac , and 1 anxiolytic such as ativan , this regime compriing of all these drugs makes for a good treatment strategy for rapid cycling bipolar disorder, but , i believe your lack of concentration and focus , which you self describe as forgetfulness , are probably due to the side effect of LAMICTAL , WHICH CAUSES decreased concentration and focus as one of it's side effects .
Kindly see the link below..
http://www.rxlist.com/lamictal-drug.htm ( see side effects --- central nervous system )
So, what we can do now is that you can discuss with your doctor 2 possibilities to overcome your forgetfulness, aka decreased concentration and focus , and these are -- first possibility is to switch over to Adderall XR , that is extended release version of adderall , acting throughout the day , better than adderall ( plain ) that you are taking as of now , so this will take care of your forgetfulness.
Second possibility could be that since lamictal is the one causing forgetfulness as a side effect , so you can ask your doctor to reduce the dose to half of what you are taking right now , that is 600 mg / day .
A third possibility can also be there , which can be brought to use if first two possibilities do not help as much as expected , and this possibility is to apply both first and second possibilities together that is , switching over to adderall xr from adderall and reducing the dose of lamictal to half of present dose ,that is 600 mg / day.
So, kindly discuss this with your treating psychiatrist / doctor and get started on the changes in your regime , and i am quite this will take care of your forgetfulness.
I hope this helps..
I wish you all the best..
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