Forgetting Things

by Crystal

Here frequantly I have been having conversations and doing things that I have done, like cleaning the house or walking somewhere. These lapses of time span from anywhere from a half hour to an hour. I was wondering if it is normal or should I be worried. I will give you a little of my background I have beem clinically diagnoised with bipolar and I have epilepsy. I just want to know if what I am experiancing is normal or if I should see someone about it, I am currently not in therapy.

Ben's Answer:

It is very common for people with Bipolar Disorder to have memory problems and gaps in their self-awareness. But that doesn't mean it's okay. It is also possible with epilepsy, to have very rapid, imperceptible seizures that actually cause you to lose conscious awareness of what you are doing. There is a lot of similarity between the mechanisms of Bipolar Disorder and Epilepsy, which is why many of the "mood stabilizer" medications for Bipolar are actually anti-seizure meds.

Another possibility is that the medication itself is causing memory problems, which may be an indication that you are on too high a dose of something. These are all issues that should be carefully evaluated by your doctor. You should not have to live with this and your doctor should take this seriously and adjust your medication until this is no longer happening.

It's also extremely important that you get adequate nutritional support - especially for your brain. Omega 3 Fatty Acids (fish oil), vitamin B12 and vitamin D3 are some of the most essential.

Best wishes,
Ben Schwarcz, MFT

Santa Rosa Psychotherapist

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