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Suffering from memory loss, difficulty to talk and not able to concentrate. Any idea what is going on?

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One of my few questions that I think about when I look in the mirror
is am I getting dumber every day ?

I am 29year old male doing quite good professionally, over all I think I am fairly
successful and yet I feel and think that I have a problem in my head .
Instead of advancing I am mysteriously falling behind . My major
concern is my memory which is not worth 2 cents , ex : I do not
remember things I did few days ago( sometimes ) someone ask me what
did you do last weekend ? And my brain goes ??????????? hmmm I will
think about it for a minute or more finally I make something up so I
dont look like an idiot.. And than It will come to me an hour or two
later , or sometimes it wont . I have difficult time adding things
Subtracting , multiplying etc .. And I use to be good in math when I
was a kid . I forget things people tell me , peoples names , Jokes
etc. I think I also have problem with speech . I do not speak as nice
English as I should I have very difficult time comprehending things

My days at office arent all that stressfull. But I take a longer time to finish the same piece of work than I used to some months back. I simply cannot concentrate any longer. When I have to work on an acute analytical problem I go bonkers and start figeting (none of this happened earlier).

Also I am anxious at times I dont really need to be. For e.g. driving, I have been driving for more than 10 years now!

My bottom line is what is wrong with me ? any Ideas ? where should I
look for answers or shouldn't I?
Posted Sun, 5 Aug 2012 in Mental Health
Answered by Dr. Ashish Mittal 1 hour later
Thanks for your query.
I appreciate your efforts for medical consultation in so much distress.

You case is interesting and but difficult too. I will try to give my best effort to help you in this problem.

Your primary symptoms are: Excessive stress, anxiety, memory problem and poor concentration.

I would like to consider multiple possibilities in following hierarchy:
•     Vitamin deficiency: Get serum B12 level. Start multi vitamins as they are easily available.
•     Anxiety disorder: need to be rule out by detailed interview by psychiatrist
•     Side effect of substance use: specially alcohol. So, stop it if you are drinking alcohol.
•     Thyroid related problem: get thyroid hormonal assay done

Apart from above advice following simple measures will help you:
-Decrease worrying about symptoms
-Healthy diet: Milk and fruits in diet.
-Daily morning walk, aerobic exercises and breathing exercise.

Final message to you: Do not worry about symptoms, follow above advice, stop substance use if any and take multi vitamins.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you. In case of any doubt, I will be available for follow ups.

Wish you good health.
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Follow-up: Suffering from memory loss, difficulty to talk and not able to concentrate. Any idea what is going on? 27 hours later

Thank you for your detailed reply. I would like to underline couple of things here.

1) There is no substance abuse. In the whole of last year, I might have had 5 beers. Thats it. So, I would rule out substance abuse.
But I am a voracious coffee drinker, I gulp down atleast 3 cups a day. Does that amount to substance abuse?

2) Anxiety disorder: need to be rule out by detailed interview by psychiatrist
Is this test mandatory. If yes, any references to a good psychiatrist in Bangalore is helpful.

Thanks for your help,
Answered by Dr. Ashish Mittal 4 hours later
Hello again,

Thanks for follow up,

No problem with coffee use.

In Bangalore you can visit National Institute of mental health and allied sciences (NIMHANS) which is apex institute for psychiatry in India. You are lucky to have it in your own city.

Wish you good health.
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