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Memory problems - permanent?

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I have some memory problems which are frustrating to live with:

short term memory problems like being unable to remember if I've completed a task

long term memory problems like not being able to remember almost anything I've studied

Huge difficulty retaining new information

When I was psychotic, problems with false memories

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Is there any chance this will improve? It's pretty bad - my previous psychiatrist basically told me it's common but didn't suggest anything and I haven't raised it with new psychiatrist.

Did you have problems / did they get better?
 
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I was afraid about this with my son as he was showing pretty bad on this topic. However once he got back to what he used to like (programming) he is up and running normally now. It took him about 6 months.
 
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I was afraid about this with my son as he was showing pretty bad on this topic. However once he got back to what he used to like (programming) he is up and running normally now. It took him about 6 months.
Is he off medication now? I am down to 1mg risperidone and still struggling.

I have had memory problems compared to my family and friends before I was diagnosed which I worry was a warning, but it's even worse now.

I'm glad your son has recovered so much!
 
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He is also down at 1mg/day risperidone + depakine 500mg/day. Maybe the most important thing that happened is that his anxiety is very low nowadays, so take it slow, don’t pressure yourself, you need to be a in a “better place” before trying more. There are some games you could play if you want (n-back) where you use sound and visual triggers.
 
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He is also down at 1mg/day risperidone + depakine 500mg/day. Maybe the most important thing that happened is that his anxiety is very low nowadays, so take it slow, don’t pressure yourself, you need to be a in a “better place” before trying more. There are some games you could play if you want (n-back) where you use sound and visual triggers.
Thanks, I will try an n-back app and see how I get on.

I am worrying myself and last night did dementia tests to see if there was a problem but they seem quite basic and I'm not sure they could measure what I'm experiencing. I don't know if there is a better test I could find for my needs.

I am having problems with visiting new cities as I always feel I have to have a map / look at where I'm going as I do it, I can't look and then remember where I go - it's frustrating for people I'm with who don't need a constant prompt.

It doesn't sound like a big issue but it's a change from how I was before.
 
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