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My short and long term memory have taken a hit, and have sadly become worse in the past six weeks.

 

I used to have great memory, but it has all gone out the window. My cognition is also bad compared to what it used to be. In general i am really slow.

 

I have been off benzo and antidepressants for a while, but have taken some rescue doses. After the last 10 mg valium i took it all went down hill, and its still going down hill.

 

Is it possible for my memory and cognition to get better?

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Yes, memory and cognition did return for me.  I felt pretty dumb during part of this process and thought at times my young piano students could play better than me.  Once healed, everything was much better. In fact, I think my ability to concentrate, especially during practice, was even better than before I was put on benzos.

 

I would caution you about sporadic benzo usage. This is a slippery slope to be on, it's far to easy to start relying on them more often and once again develop a physical dependency.  For me, I had to accept the process and have patience.  This was so difficult because withdrawal was unlike anything I had ever experienced. After all, I was on the tennis court 2 weeks after having my gall bladder removed. Why was this so different.  I did persevere and it was worth the effort.

 

pianogirl  :smitten:

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Yes, memory and cognition did return for me.  I felt pretty dumb during part of this process and thought at times my young piano students could play better than me.  Once healed, everything was much better. In fact, I think my ability to concentrate, especially during practice, was even better than before I was put on benzos.

 

I would caution you about sporadic benzo usage. This is a slippery slope to be on, it's far to easy to start relying on them more often and once again develop a physical dependency.  For me, I had to accept the process and have patience.  This was so difficult because withdrawal was unlike anything I had ever experienced. After all, I was on the tennis court 2 weeks after having my gall bladder removed. Why was this so different.  I did persevere and it was worth the effort.

 

pianogirl  :smitten:

 

It is good to hear it can get better!

 

It is quite distressing not being able to remember something i read two seconds ago or what someone just said to me. I really struggle in conversations, and i Feel like i have to apologize to my Friends because i cant remember what they tell me or remember anything about their lives.

 

I cant even remember what i Did earlier today. Its like a weird resistance in my head when i try to access it and i just come up blank

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