Lexapro has turned my brain into mush…anyone have a similar experience? Worried about how it is affecting my performance at work

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Sorry you experience that. There are studies about SSRIs causing memory issues and increasing the risk for dementia.
It’s a shame how quickly doctors prescribe antidepressants. Every time I mention that I feel burned out or lack energy I end up with another SSRI prescription, which I’ll throw in the garbage.
Mental clarity is not achieved by taking pills that alter your brain chemistry.
Yes, they make you feel better n the short term but that’s about it.
Unless you have severe issues with your brain or your mental health (suicidal etc), maybe rethink taking them.

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Understood. My comment wasn’t meant as medical advice but as an opinion. Probably not well worded. The studies I mentioned exist. I do have a medical education btw. The last I want is harming anyone.
Anyway, I’ll leave the bowl.
Wishing everyone the best.

Same here. I started exercising (cardio) like a mad man and don’t need the pills anymore.

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How much exercise?

Reminder that meds come in where diet and exercise can’t be of help. If you aren’t doing those two things the meds can definitely cause brain fog. Be honest with your therapist or psychiatrist about how much activity you’re getting so they can understand your full picture. There’s no magic number of workouts per week to help your mood-everybody’s different. But 0 workouts per week can definitely make it worse.

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I’m sorry you feel that way! I’ve been on it for more than half of my life and it’s been great for me, but maybe I’m mush!

Can you explain further? What exactly is happening? I’ve been taking it for the last 2-3 years

I had debilitating depression until Lexapro put a floor under me. I’ve been sharper than ever- I rely on my brain for my work, and it has only gotten better, progressing my career farther than I thought I could go. But it was the third SSRI that I tried; others had undesirable effects including brain fog. Important to talk with a doctor you trust and give them a chance to switch you up if something’s off. Every body is different.

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I have experienced this. It’s so frustrating because overall it has been super helpful, but I definitely feel like it’s holding me back from being my best self.

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