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  • May 31, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I hear you about the memory loss! I used to have such a fine mind, but it’s gone now. I thought I was developing dementia, which is not unheard-of at my age (I’m 60). But two psychiatrists have told me it’s a combination of brain damage from repeated mood episodes and medications. For some reason that makes me feel better.

    My short-term memory is terrible. I have trouble with word-finding, forget what I’ve just learned, and get distracted easily (oh look, a kitty!). The trouble is, my long-term memory is starting to go too…I forget names, and like you, I forget faces too. I sometimes have to be in an intense conversation with someone before the light bulb over my head comes on and I recognize who they are.

    By the way, thank you for writing this column. It’s always interesting and relatable to me as an older person with bipolar I. Wishing you continued wellness.

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