[Serious] What's your story of seeing somebody's mental state degrade?

Here's mine. About 13 years ago, I was put on medication for anxiety. For 11 years after that I went from doctor to doctor and tried countless medications. Some worked, some didn't, and some would work for a while then stop working. About 2 years ago, I had a realization, I was put on medication and went to therapy but I never really tried to overcome this on my own. I just kind of expected myself to eventually get better with this treatment. So I changed my entire lifestyle, weened off all my medication, and stopped being a hermit. Things got better. No more anxiety, no more depression. Started being active, dating, and made new friends, life was good.

There was 1 problem though. My memory and attention span was really, really bad. 3 doctors told me I had ADHD and put me on stims. They worked great at first, but then they started giving me anxiety, and got me high. I told my doctor about the crash and he told me to keep taking them and that it takes time for the side effects to go away. The anxiety got worse, I stopped leaving the house and started abusing the medication. For the next year I watched myself slowly revert to my old ways which was really devastating to me, so I kept taking stims. It turned me into a paranoid junkie who would stay up for days at a time in some cases. I stopped a month and a half ago but I feel like I'm not the same person anymore. My memory is completely shot, and I'm paranoid. I can barely read anymore because I don't retain any information. Even having conversations in person is hard, I have to really force myself not to zone out. I legitimately feel brain dead.

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