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is memory loss and headachs stress related and will it go away

Posted by vanna

im 19 years old and was perfectly healthy up untill 7month ago, i got married in november and when we whent onaour honey moon i started getting severe panick attakes, i layed down for a nap after the 10 and a half hour flight , and when i woke my vision was blared ' i rubbed my eyes and i was still confused and dazed , i whent to slap some water in my eyes an that didint help, for the duration off the stayed i couldent leave the room the panick attacks kept coming, when i ruterned home ik whent staright to my to  GP and he thoght it wasa ear infection, then when the antibiotics didint work i was getting worried becuse it was getting much worst i was so confused and dazed all the time i'd lose days and hours i couldent remeber eneything then one night i got severe sharp pains behind my left eye, i whent to hospital and they told me i had glanjula fever when i finished the treatment the gave me i was continuing to  get worst it felt like i just couldent cope, so i whent back to thedoctors and finally go to see my GP she told me she thoght it was stress related, she proscirbed me a form of antideppresent tablets fluxitine, wich help a little, but the memory loss still continued, so then she recomended a physcitrist ' so i whent for a while and it helped a little but she didnt no why i was having memory loss, now a thew month later my memory is getting worst i cant remeber where i put things im getting headachs my eyes is hurting in the sunlight, im always confused and deppresed this as had a real impact on my life my husband couldent cope with me so im now back at home, is this all stress related ?? can somone help will thsi ever go away?
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Ian Health Maven
Hi vanna,

Anxiety disorders are more likely to begin after a significant life event such as marriage. And memory impairment is not uncommon, both from the anxiety itself and in the easily stages of antidepressant treatment.

The fact that this seems to have begun with panic attacks does suggest it may be anxiety related. However, it could also be something physical. What tests have you had?


hi lan,

i've had all sorts of blood test, and ive had my eyes tested also there dont seem to be eneything physical wrong with me .


Ian Health Maven
It seems your doctor(s) have ruled out other likely causes before arriving at the panic disorder diagnosis, vanna.

A few things to be aware of:

 Antidepressants can take 4 to 12 weeks to 'kick-in' and they can make anxiety worse in the meantime. Often the first one tried doesn't work all that well. I may take several changes in medication before you hit the best one for you. Unfortunately, there are no tests to guide selection. And for about a third no antidepressant will prove effective.

  A benzodiazepine such as alprazolam (Xanax®), clonazepam (Klonopin®), diazepam (Valium&reg) or lorazepam (Ativan) can
  help ease anxiety until an effective antidepressant begins working.
 Therapies such as Cognitive behavior Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy are effective anti anxiety treatments, either on their own or together with antidepressants. See: and for information on these.
 I can't promise you a cure, but it is possible to lead a full, happy and mostly anxiety free life with panic disorder. However, it may take a while to get on top of the disorder
 Best wishes



thanks for all or information, it as helped . 

Hi, Not sure how long ago you posted this but i was just reading your symptoms and im currently been experiencing similar things and i also just got married and it started when i was on my honeymoon i never had the panic attack but started to get memory loss, havnt been to the dr as of yet but am going to as ive been stressing i have a brain tumor or something which prob had been makeing it worse before i got married i suffered farely badly from stress which was strange as i thought i was not really a stresser sorry to ramble but if u could let me know how your going would be great...Sam
Ian Health Maven


Memory problems can be a symptom of stress, Sam. The stress need not be apparent. It is rarely a sign of brain injury or disease, particularly in the absence of other symptoms.

A full physical might be a good idea, if only for your peace of mind.

Best wishes



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