I have been struggling for the past 3 years with concentration problems, need second opinion?


I have been struggling for the past 3 years with concentration problems (brain fog).

I have changed my diet to only homemade meals, fruits, vegetables and nuts. I only drink water and a coffee per day. I exercise more. On my diabetic father’s advice, I have taken my blood glucose for a while and it falls within normal range. I have stopped smoking marijuana. I have tried every trick on the internet but I still can’t shake it off.

I feel better physically but mentally it’s not much better. I went to see my doctor and he ordered many blood tests: Vitamins, STDs, Thyroid, Lyme disease and a bunch of other that i don’t remember. Everything came back clear. His conclusion was to prescribe me anti-depressant. Effexor to be precise. To be honest that medication scares me and I did not take it. Mostly because, once in a while my head clears up completely and I feel like I used to. I just can’t put my finger on the cause.

I would like to have someone else’s opinion on the matter. Taking Effexor would be an absolute last resort for me since my mother and everybody on the internet say it’s hell to quit. Is there anything else I should try? Should I ask to be referred to a specialist of some sort?

Please help me. I do not know what to do,

Age: 28
Medications: Nothing.
General Information: I did and every test he did came back clear. He prescribed Effexor but I dare not take it until it is my absolute last resort.

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Jean Claude
8:44 pm

Effexor is an anti depressant. It treats depression – not concentration problems. (Your concentration problem is only a possible symptom of depression) Before starting on Effexor I would consult with a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. I would get a confirmed diagnosis of a depression problem. Family doctors easily prescribe antidepressants – but they are NOT experts at diagnosing depression and prescribing medications for depression problems. Find the right therapist that shares your ideas as far as treatment options go. Undergo some therapy. And take it from there. Hope this helps.

Dr.Honey Arora
7:14 am

Your symptoms can be very much due to anxiety and long standing stress..
I would not call it exactly depression but can be due to severe anxiety..

So taking anti depressant immediately is not advisable..

First get yourself checked by a Psychiatrist..

Also start doing yoga, deep breathing exercises, take sufficient rest and read and hear inspirational and positivity teaching stuffs.

Hopefully you will feel better without medicines..

Hope this helps..