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Antipsychotic/Risperidone Cognitive Impairment

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Hi everyon,

I was wondering if anyone is on a high dose of Risperidone or any other antypsychotic. My psychiatrist recently increased my anti-psychotic because I suffered from low mood and suicidal thoughts. I am also on Lithium. Have you experienced any decline in your cognition? I feel like these days I struggle to generate thoughts or formulate ideas especially when I read something. I finished university 2 years ago and I used to love studying and writting papers, now I can barely read a paragraph. Any thoughts and experiences would be appreciated.
 
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hi Underdog

I have also wondered this about myself
and I think I'm maybe a bit slow because of my meds
but if I write down what I'm thinking
my brain is working better than I thought it was
and I've been able to study a bit and to paint

sometimes I ask for people to make allowances for me

you are probably less damaged than you think


:grouphug: 🕯
 
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I’m on high dose respiredone and it’s definitely slowed down my mental cognition, I noticed I struggle to think and I forget things a lot.
 
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how long have you been on it for ?
because sometimes those side effects lessen over time

also I don't think there is a perfect med
but just one that allows you to enjoy life
 
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how long have you been on it for ?
because sometimes those side effects lessen over time

also I don't think there is a perfect med
but just one that allows you to enjoy life
Hi Zoe1,

I've been on Risperidone for 4 years approximately, and my dosage has been on the low end for 3 years but then increased as my illness progressed. I know there is no perfect med but I graduated in Finance and plan to return to work. I kinda need my analytical and problem solving skills to perform.
 
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I was on Risperidone last year for a limited time period. At the time i eventually complained about not being or having motivation to do stuff (for me i had no motivation to play video games??).
I am now on Aripiprazole at 15mg per day. Aripiprazole is also an antipsychotic. My mood and motivation is normal but i do find reading not easy and i make mistakes in reading in regards to missing out a word here or there. Same goes for typing, i can miss out a word. It seems that out of luck and/or chance, i see the mistake i made in missing out a word when typing but also reading, well it feels like it's by chance or luck.

Even with the Aripiprazole, if i had low motivation then this time i would not complain, because i rather have the low motivation than have the intrusive thoughts and it's effect on me, even though i still have the intrusive thoughts and it stresses me.
 
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Having read round the topic of cognition and antipsychotics a bit, I now believe it's best to aim for the lowest therapeutic dose with help from Dr and extra support.where possible.

In addition to this omega. 3 fish oils are proven to help. Plus vit c and magnesium can be helpful. There's info available on several other websites on the net.
 
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Ps sometimes asking for a different medication can help, hopefully, though sometimes it seems a trade for different side effects.

(This has just been my experience, and I found it can be tricky with meds sometimes to get balance right.)
 
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Hi everyon,

I was wondering if anyone is on a high dose of Risperidone or any other antypsychotic. My psychiatrist recently increased my anti-psychotic because I suffered from low mood and suicidal thoughts. I am also on Lithium. Have you experienced any decline in your cognition? I feel like these days I struggle to generate thoughts or formulate ideas especially when I read something. I finished university 2 years ago and I used to love studying and writting papers, now I can barely read a paragraph. Any thoughts and experiences would be appreciated.
I’m on Olanzapine for my severe anxiety. I haven’t had any bad side effects from it. Have you tried other antipsychotics? I’ve tried Seroquel but it gave me tachycardia so then I was switch to the Olanzapine.
 
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Hi everyon,

I was wondering if anyone is on a high dose of Risperidone or any other antypsychotic. My psychiatrist recently increased my anti-psychotic because I suffered from low mood and suicidal thoughts. I am also on Lithium. Have you experienced any decline in your cognition? I feel like these days I struggle to generate thoughts or formulate ideas especially when I read something. I finished university 2 years ago and I used to love studying and writting papers, now I can barely read a paragraph. Any thoughts and experiences would be appreciated.
Antipsychotics messed up my memory so badly that had to pull over to the side of the road when driving. I didn't know where I was, suddenly, and where I was going. A neurologist removed me from roughly 70% of my medication and now I'm depressed and suicidal. I've been on Risperidone and took it and eventually Seroquel for sleep. I took the two meds at different times.
 
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I’m on Olanzapine for my severe anxiety. I haven’t had any bad side effects from it. Have you tried other antipsychotics? I’ve tried Seroquel but it gave me tachycardia so then I was switch to the Olanzapine.
Hi Inie,

At the start of my illness when I had psychosis I tried aripriprazole and seroquel. Aripriprazole gave me relentlessness to the point where I was feeling suicidal and Seroquel made me sleep over 18 hours a day (no exaggeration) and over eating. Risperidone treated my psychosis well on 1 mg. Unfortunately my illness progressed to Bipolar and I started experiencing severe depression and mixed episodes. Now my depression hasn't cleared out yet and they won't change my medication yet because they are trying to see if Lithium works for my mood (if it will work because my dose isn't at the therapeutic level). I am finding myself in a difficult situation.
 
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Antipsychotics messed up my memory so badly that had to pull over to the side of the road when driving. I didn't know where I was, suddenly, and where I was going. A neurologist removed me from roughly 70% of my medication and now I'm depressed and suicidal. I've been on Risperidone and took it and eventually Seroquel for sleep. I took the two meds at different times.
Sorry to hear about your depression and suicidal feelings. I can empathize. I am going through the same stuff right now. My memory definitely took a hit (Short-term and long-term memory) and I find myself unable to vocalize or express my thoughts clearly as I used to. I think doctors should work with us to put together the optimal treatment plan to allow us to keep our personality and intellectual abilities whilst treating our mental health condition.
 
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Hi Inie,

At the start of my illness when I had psychosis I tried aripriprazole and seroquel. Aripriprazole gave me relentlessness to the point where I was feeling suicidal and Seroquel made me sleep over 18 hours a day (no exaggeration) and over eating. Risperidone treated my psychosis well on 1 mg. Unfortunately my illness progressed to Bipolar and I started experiencing severe depression and mixed episodes. Now my depression hasn't cleared out yet and they won't change my medication yet because they are trying to see if Lithium works for my mood (if it will work because my dose isn't at the therapeutic level). I am finding myself in a difficult situation.
Thanks for replying. Hope the lithium works out for you. If not you should give Olanzapine a try. I’m on a low dose and it has stabilized me for the most part.
 
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Hi everyon,

I was wondering if anyone is on a high dose of Risperidone or any other antypsychotic. My psychiatrist recently increased my anti-psychotic because I suffered from low mood and suicidal thoughts. I am also on Lithium. Have you experienced any decline in your cognition? I feel like these days I struggle to generate thoughts or formulate ideas especially when I read something. I finished university 2 years ago and I used to love studying and writting papers, now I can barely read a paragraph. Any thoughts and experiences would be appreciated.
You can improve cognition by getting vitamin B shots every three months. That's what people in my bipolar group do because psych medication can cause nutritional deficiencies. My neurologist says to take fish oil and/or Udo's Oil, produced by Flora, for my brain, which tastes better than fish oil capsules and helps. I mix the oil with chocolate, milk, and real maple syrup and pour it on nuts. For memory, the Alzheimer's Association says to take Alpha GPC (900 mg a day) and folic acid. Gaba (vitamin B6 supplements can help too.)
 
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You can improve cognition by getting vitamin B shots every three months. That's what people in my bipolar group do because psych medication can cause nutritional deficiencies. My neurologist says to take fish oil and/or Udo's Oil, produced by Flora, for my brain, which tastes better than fish oil capsules and helps. I mix the oil with chocolate, milk, and real maple syrup and pour it on nuts. For memory, the Alzheimer's Association says to take Alpha GPC (900 mg a day) and folic acid. Gaba (vitamin B6 supplements can help too.)
Your post is helpful. Thanks.
 

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