I am a 35 year old male. I was put on antidepressants, Benzos and risperidone 15 years ago for depression and anxiety. 18 months ago I had a review and was told I had no mental health and to be discharged back to GP. I was left on these medications to get off on my own. 18 months ago I came off antidepressants. 7 months ago I finally got of diazepam and 2 weeks ago I cut the 2mg risperidone in half and now I am only taking 1mg. Also New Year’s Eve I quit alcohol for good and now I am 27 days off the drink.
I write this because in the last few months but mainly in the last 2 weeks since I cut risperidone and stopped drinking (was a heavy drinker) I am experiencing severe memory problems. For example I am reading news articles and reading words that are not there, then I notice and have to read the lines over again. My typing has been affected too for example as I write this I have made dozens of mistakes and keep relying on predictive text. It feels like I have all of a sudden gone dyslexic. My short term memory is the biggest concern as I can be told something or read something then seconds later I will completely forget. This is not like me. I wanted to know if anyone out there has experienced any memory problems coming off or cutting down risperidone like this before as I just wanted to know if this was a side affect please. Also if anyone has come off any of the above including alcohol and has experienced similar please let me know as I feel like I am going crazy here.