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hi my name is Diana from Colombia. I have a very long story behind me; but basically I have been taking all kinds of drugs since the age of 18. I was given an injection of risperal about 15 days ago...I had sudden extreme memory loss or amnesia, all of my feelings were completely gone I was agitated constantly and crying for no reason I became very suicidal and severely depressed, I am still very amnesic and with episodes I cannot put into words. I currently take lithium and klonopin as well. can anyone tell me if the amnesia goes away or is it permanent brain damage?


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Hi, dchic.


Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants.


The amnesia and other symptoms will get better in time. There are many people who've been on these drugs and come off and healed and likely, a large part of it are side effects, not permanent damage. 


Since you are on multiple drugs, please have a read of this thread, as it explores how to deal with polypharmacy. 


Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?


And some general information on withdrawal:


How psychiatric drugs remodel your brain


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


The rule of 3KIS: Keep it simple. Keep it slow. Keep it stable.


Healing from antidepressants. Patterns of recovery video (4 minutes)


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Please continue to use this thread to document your symptoms and to ask plenty of questions. 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 


My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"


And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.


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