this is more in favour of neurological problem
I have read your query carefully and from that I could gather that you have a past history of anxiety/ depression
for which you were on zoloft
and kept well. You developed forgetfulness and concentration problmes and fall out ( and CT head was normal) ..so, suspecting zoloft to be the cause behind it - you stopped it. A week later you knew you were pregnant and pregnancy
was almost asymptomatic.
You again developed memory issues along with difficulty in finding words, difficulty in typing (in which you were good earlier). Though there is financial stress but you deny having anxiety/ depression.
Now, the answers to your questions are-
1. From my clinical experience, I can say that it is not due to depression/ anxiety ( as both are mood disorders- so, mood complaint is the first and most important symptom to diagnose it. So, it is not psychological.
2. It dosent look like post partal depression either- as there is no sadness/ fear/ excessive negativity/ worry etc. No it is different from PPD.
3. I m not sure if this is early onset dementia
, but I can tell that you need a through neurological examination and relevant tests to diagnose it. Your forgetting your new baby while remembering older one- suggest some fresh/ recent memory problem. MRI brain/ (may be with contras)t is needed. CT scan
will not help in diagnosing this.
Another main point is that there is a family history of early onset dementia. So, this must be evaluated. Early diagnosis and treatment is very helpful in these conditions.
4. It is possible that hormonal
changes in pregnancy didn't let this come out earlier. But it can also be due to recent sleep disturbance due to child birth and caretaking.
Though it is difficult to get an appointment of a neurologist
, but try to get one.
Donot panic, let this be properly evaluated and then treatment can be started. With medicines it will get better.
Take proper rest, you may call someone near to help you out.
Carry a small diary and jot down all works which you need to finish- this wil help you to remember important tasks.
Please ask more questions for clarification.
Wish you good health.
Dr. Manisha Gopal