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If you notice that your memory is poor, it is natural to think of a worrying explanation such as Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia. In fact, there is usually another reason and the problem is often temporary.

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Causes of memory problems

Depression is the most common cause of memory problems. With depression, many of the mental processes are slowed, and memory is particularly affected. Unfortunately, worry about memory loss can worsen the depression, producing a vicious circle.
Stress is another common cause of memory problems. Almost any worry or stressful life event can affect our ability to store and recall memories. When the problem is resolved, or time has healed the pain, memory becomes as efficient as it was before.
Stressful life events that can affect memory
  • Work-related problems
  • Divorce or other relationship problems
  • Being charged with an offence
  • Being involved in litigation
  • Bereavement

Normal ageing. During your mid-40s and 50s, it is quite normal to believe you have become more forgetful. Surveys find that half of people over the age of 50 report some memory problems (British Medical Journal 2010;340:730-6). But it may not be as bad as you think. Young people forget things and do not bother about it, but older people take more notice of their memory lapses, and worry about them. Do not make the mistake of thinking that everyday memory lapses are Alzheimer's disease – forgetting where you put your keys is not Alzheimer's! We all occasionally put things in strange places (such as the keys in the fridge), but it is only when this sort of thing begins to happen regularly that there may be a problem.

A study of 111 people aged 90–100 years showed that over half had a strikingly good memory (Neurology 2003;60:477–80), so memory loss is not automatic as we get old. Other studies have shown that old people are better at judging whether people are honest or intelligent, so some aspects of mental function actually improve with age.
The ‘tip-of-the tongue’ phenomenon is a very common experience. Your mind suddenly freezes when you need a crucial word, such as a name (often of someone you know well). This is more likely to happen if it is a name that you seldom speak aloud, because scientists believe you are simply having trouble retrieving the actual sound of the word from your memory bank of word sounds. It is a nuisance, but does not mean you are on the way to serious memory loss.
Alzheimer’s disease. Of course, a failing memory does occur with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is mainly a disease of the elderly. About 1% of people in their 60s, 20% of those over 85 years and 30% of those over 90 are affected.
Stroke. It is common to have some memory loss after a stroke, but this usually improves over the following 3–6 months.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Wednesday, June 10th 2015


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Posted by Optional on 29/05/2019 at 10:31

I'm 13 and I am constantly forgetting things such as my events or after someone tells me something. this happens alot and i get worried.

Posted by Optional on 29/07/2018 at 04:13

I'm only 16 and everything I try to remember or talk about I just forget straight away I'm not sure how long it's been happening for I just know that it's happening but when I'm talking to someone I go off into the tiniest thing about the same topic and I forget what I forget what I was talking about and have to ask the other person what I was just saying and I can't remember most things from my childhood at all I only remember slight pictures of events in my mind and then they're gone in a few seconds and I can't remember it again but I've had a lot of issues in the past like my hair falling out from stress and not eating and just stuff like that I just would like to know if it's just because of how bad my stress is and my lack of eating and sleeping that's doing it or if there's something else that's causing it because it's really acttecting everyone in my life and me really badly emotionally, physically and mentally, I just want someone to help.

Posted by lola on 18/01/2018 at 07:05

I've been forgetting things alot and simple tasks I could do without stress in the past now seems difficult for me. I can't seem to do anything right. What do I do? Am just 19

Posted by Optional on 05/12/2017 at 05:09

I'm a 27 year old African American female and I have a problem remembering simple things. I can have a question in mind to ask on Google but as soon as I pull Google up I forget. I can be walking into the kitchen, room or wherever to get something and have to pause because I forgot what I was about to get. I go into the store to get get a few items and I always forget a item or two. Thus scares me because this have been happening a while for me. I really hope I'm not developing dementia or Alzheimer at such an early age. I also know its selfish but I'm happy to know that I'm not facing this issue alone.

Posted by Optional on 12/09/2017 at 07:25

I tend to forget small things very easily. Last night my mother told me to go to the shop to pick up some items for dinner, but when I went there I forgot everything I needed to get so I bought random stuff. When I got home she questioned me why I didn't buy what she needed and I felt like an idiot. I went back to the shop today to pick up a few things I forgot from last night, and I remembered most of it but I included some things which I thought she asked me to grab but she didn't. I ended up going into the shop twice because I had forgotten some things. I'm only 26 years old but this has me worried.

Posted by Optional on 23/08/2017 at 11:25

I'm having memory problems but I doubt its anything serious, and I hope its not serious. At first it wasn't that bothersome and I only forget minute details like the date, loss of words, names of places i frequent etc. But now its different. Most of the time I can't remember what I was thinking, I have trouble retaining information in class, and sometimes I forget the names of my friends. And the worst thing that have occurred to me for atleast 3 times now is that I was talking to my friend and then all of a sudden its like i'll snap out of it and realize that im in a different place and I don't know how I got there or what was the topic we were talking about. All i remember was that we were talking but i don't know why, when and how. It really creeped me out. I never drink any kind of alcohol even wine. I don't smoke anything and I have never done any sort of drugs not even marijuana. Can any of you please recommend me some type of food like fruits or anything that helped you improve your memory? I heard coffee is good, but its not really working

Posted by help? on 12/07/2017 at 05:45

hello, I am a 14 year old female and I have trouble remembering, this has go on for about a year and a half and I'm really annoyed. For instance, I would tell my friend the same story twice, or whenever im talking to someone, I forget a word and I just stutter. and most of the time I can't even remember what classes I had yesterday or what I even did this morning. I've been losing alot of hair , and I've been having regular headaches. My mum doesn't think it's serious but honestly it's really annoying bcs I miss out of things majority of the time because I can't even remember them?! I've tried all the diets on the internet, the word games for months now, but nothing. Please if you could help me. not only does this affect my social life but also my grades. I'm DESPERATE for help.

Posted by Optional on 20/06/2017 at 01:21

I can just hear a song or something or read something and that quick its gone now I can remb things from my childhood up coming events and work stuff its things I'm trying hard to remb I can't lol I think I need vitamin d

Posted by Abbigail on 12/06/2017 at 07:21

So lately my memory has been foggy and even sometimes I don't remember smallish things at all. It has been considering me, what do I do and also what is causing it?????!

Posted by Optional on 10/06/2017 at 09:47

m having exact samw.prblm bt i cannt remmeber when it first occured i think it has been with me frm the very beginning i always frgt words minor details bt i remember my childhood wherreas i cant remember even mango(even now i hv to ask my mom)

Posted by Optional on 31/05/2017 at 04:47

i feel lost and empy and i dont want to do :(

Posted by mavis on 26/05/2017 at 02:28

i really have a problem of forgetting things after i read i can not recall them. im only 16 so i dont understand my problem

Posted by Susan on 18/05/2017 at 12:25

I just realize it that i find it hard to remember like what happened to me yesterday can't seem to recall I am mixing my memories in the sense that I think what happened to me on Tuesday is yesterday

Posted by Optional on 11/05/2017 at 01:03

Am 30 years all my life i have never passed my exams on my own. i read but i dont understant every single thing i read and if i do i totally forget it immidieatlly, i cant even express my self or even tell what i've read so far this problem has been killing ever since am a child i have never been able to express or understand or even store what i read. When i read is jst like pouring water on a stone it doesnt store in my memory some tyms i cant even asist my chilren in their primary makes me to hate reading becos i know i wount understand or remember wat i have read and i think its affecting my kids becos they dont come back with good result. Pls help me its seriously killing me like am a dum

Posted by Optional on 01/05/2017 at 01:57

I am 26 years old and I have always been a forgetful person. All my friends and family joke about it, and I am famous for saying 'I can't find my ---' Phone, keys, whatever it is. I always forget it. However lately, something has been happening to me that has never happened before. For example, every day I put my dogs wet food and spoon in the same cubby. After I fed my dog, I felt confused. I felt like I knew where it was supposed to go but I couldn't remember. I started rotating around my kitchen and when I saw it, I remembered, "ah yes, it goes here." I thought it was strange but continued on. It has since happened like 2 or 3 more times. Additionally, sometimes, I come out of my room and I forget which direction the bathroom is. I know what it looks like, but I just can't remember, so I start walking and realize I am going in the (right/wrong) direction. The other night my boyfriend told me he would call me in 15 minutes, I called him about a half hour later saying "you never called" he was worried because he did call and apparently we spoke. I remember what he said, but I thought it was in the initial call and didn't realize he called again. I am feeling cloudy, a bit dizzy, and just in general disoriented. Should I be concerned? or seek a doctor? I am nervous to really tell anyone.

Posted by Mr joy on 11/04/2017 at 06:19

Hi doctor. My sickness is. I forget very easy. And I try to remember it .sometimes can Sometimes can't. This condition start just 1 year... Before that I'm not like this feeling....

Posted by tamtam on 11/04/2017 at 03:03

hi im 47 not sure what is going on, its rather embarrssing. i find myself not being able to answer a question as fast as i used to or find the right words a major one for me is i worked out for over a year took amonth break and today i could remember the start of my workout well atleast one to two of my arm streches. i asked the dr a few months ago and she said pre menopause. is this normal cause i used to feel kinda smart but i feel really dumb like im lacking in my education. its also tghings like i start cooking leave the room only to see in about 10 to 15 mins i forgot what i was doing and my food has burnt. or i got ionto the shower and i was blank as to what part do i usually start to wash first its my hair of course. im wondering how can i get this memory working good as it did 2 years ago thanks for helping

Posted by Optional on 02/01/2017 at 06:01

I am experiencing a total meltdown of my memory. I just started a new job, and I find myself having to ask the most stupid questions, and just not being able to remember things...This is not normal for me. It is happening outside of work also. I feel so frustrated and at the end of my rope.

Posted by Ahna on 19/11/2016 at 02:23

Whenever I'm in class or something I try as hard as I can to pay attention to my teacher. As soon as she passed out the test today I forgot completly and had no idea what she had said and I got really frustrated. I literally almost cried because this happens everywhere. Its like I don't even remember them saying anything. I try hard to remember and there's no memory of it.

Posted by Optional on 22/07/2016 at 05:50

I seem to have a hard time recalling vital information in my memory. Storing memory and maintaining it, has become an issue as well. How can I know for sure what causes a pause in the memory part of the brain. I don't have Alzheimer's and I never had a stroke (25). Can a past traumatic even that happened in my life be the cause of lack of remembering things? How do I go about finding out for sure how I can get all the memory back and figure out what exactly cause me to suddenly refrain from keeping information in my memory?

Posted by Optional on 18/04/2016 at 03:49

My boyfriend is forgetting things more and more. He just yelled at me for something and then not even 5 minutes later he came overy and asked why I was upset... he doesn't remember doing it. All he remembers is doing his own thing... he didn't even believe me when I told him what he said. He's been diagnosed with bipolar and originally he'd forget things from a few years ago but now he'll forget things from 5 minutes ago. I know his bipolar can affect things but is it normal to be this bad??

Posted by Samantha on 18/02/2016 at 12:13

I am very worried about my brain function and memory only history of migraines since I was about eleven. I don't have them as often as they used to be every day for two years now I have one every four to six months. I don't have a regular cycle but lately for the past nine years (since my parents divorce) but I tackled it and have had depression since then. I don't know if this is my problem but I just have issued remembering things as they should be. I have to be specific in my routines or I forget to take my allergy medication which is crucial because if I don't normally a week or two later I have to go to the hospital with an allergic reaction. Sometimes no more than five seconds past a conversation or question and I forget what they say sometimes, and I find myself for getting things for school. I have excellent grades though. I have a huge issue concentrating on many things and reading is hard to do. What could this be?

Posted by Geminah on 15/02/2016 at 01:55

I just want to ask some question. is it normal for a 15 year old girl like me to forget things more often? I've been experiencing this for a long time maybe. I have just noticed it now and the past one year. I hope you can answer me. Thank You!

Posted by Optional on 11/01/2016 at 10:51

Hey everyone, this is pretty scary/embarrassing to admit but I feel very stupid. I never really have any thoughts going through my head, and if I do they disapear almost instantly. And then throughout everyday its the same.I used to always be in advanced math and was in advanced placements in classes, now I'm just in basic ones. When I'm sitting down or laying to fall asleep its like im not even there and that goes for everywhere I go. Today, I just got enrolled in high school,and was shown around the building to get familiar with where my classes were. And I forgot most of where I went. I'm convinced I have something much worse going on other than depression. I just wish I could be smart again. And then someone will say something to me or ask me something and I'll reply really fast and it might even be something I should know and I just don't. Also something I should mention is that I did smoke marijuana for about one and a half to two years almost daily, and I've quit off and on, this last year. Now since my brain has become like the way it is I quit a week and a half ago, actually I'm not even sure when, but I really would like some help if at all possible. And I'm going to see a doctor as soon as I can.

Posted by Scot on 29/11/2015 at 06:14

I'm writing because I am now worried , this has been effecting my jobs , personal life for years. 1. I don't remember anything about my father at all ? He committed suicide when I was 8. I remember bits and pieces of growing up. I now take seizure med's 2. I ready to leave my current job because it is not fair to them I am doing so bad at my job. I forget, I am all over the place, I don't complete anything and sometimes I just don't accomplish anything , I can't focus for too long I am frustrated and feel bad that I am not doing a good job for a good company.

Posted by Optional on 08/11/2015 at 04:40

Hi Guys, I am a graduate student. I have done my masters already in Nutrition and Dietetics back in India. Recently joined in university for masters in food science, I have been always an intelligent student with very good memory and organizational skills. Now I am realizing past few weeks I don't remember many things like locking doors, keeping keys to door, and I do pay attention in the class but I ended up forgetting everything in my mid terms. Which is very frustrating because, everyone is thinking I am being lazy and not paying attention. But I can sense something is wrong with me, I am like before...I keep worrying a lot and cry all the time with no reason and I also broke up wit my boy friend...and nobody have any idea hat I am going through. I took too much pride in myself for being a good student, always an over achiever-A gold medalist too. Now I feel so dumb and I may have chances of getting dispersion from university. Please some one help me. I don't want to be a loser :(

Posted by Optional on 06/11/2015 at 10:53

My memory is terrible. I don't remember anything people ever tell me and they get frustrated because they think I don't listen and majority of the time I don't even remember the situation or ever being told. I forgot what I'm going to say quite a lot an forget certain words I want to use. I interrupt a lot of conversations to say what I think otherwise I forgot. It has got to the point where my boyfriend now goes to say 'oh you remember' 'oh wait you don't because you don't remember anything' 'babe your memory is shocking can't believe you forgot that' I have no history or current signs of depression or stress at such a young age and I constantly say ' do you know what my memory is so bad I swear I have teenage dementia or something !' Help!!!

Posted by Optional on 01/11/2015 at 07:30

Just turned 25 & my husband 40,,our 1.5yr of dating was the best moment of my life we seemed to be th same ages actualy i acted more maturely,wedded on 2014..right after i gave birth quite challenging time..went into debt for it till today.. This created tension between us confronting each other on both families.. My husband doesnt like communication nowadays of our issues and i like dealing with issues immediately,, am very verbal but this has reduced me to nothing, his words towards me bring me down..i have lost the sweetness of 1yr in marriage..i had so much hope having been raised by a single mum, longd to have a family of my own,, has led me to forget what i start, burn things on the stove sinc i forgot,living bought goods in the market,, am starting to wonder am i sick,??am i heading to depression?? Was so full of life now its gone;(

Posted by T on 16/10/2015 at 09:06

I am 16 and I have really bad memory.I forget things easily, I can't complete simple tasks,I get moody,I forget how to speak and sometimes I just feel helpless.I used to think that I am pretty intelligent and now I just feel very dumb, my friends and my sisters call me dumb and I really don't know what is happening with me and my stupid memory.I forget names,I forget my relatives, I forget to do the stuff I'm supposed to do (like school stuff or chores).Before speaking or doing something, in my mind it seems very brilliant and when I actually do it, I do something stupid or just forget what I was going to do.2 days ago in school I asked what is 9 divided by 2 and everyone looked at me like I am the dumbest person on earth (because it WAS a dumb question but...),that whole day I was thinking about that and went to my sister and asked her what the answer was,then she again looked at me like I was dumb and then at that exact moment the answer hit me and I was like oh I know what it is,like this I ask dumb questions often, also spellings of simple words.before I used to get really good marks in all my subjects and everyone used to think I am very intelligent and used to ask me how solve stuff,now EVERYONE thinks I am dumb and don't even talk to me or ask me for any help.I'm failing in almost every subject and I have my igcse exams this year and I am very scared, I am scared not because I'll fail,but because people will judge me,that people will think I am so dumb,specially the ones I am close with,my family and friends.

Posted by samihah on 03/10/2015 at 03:45

im 17 and my forgetfulness is in a whole new level. Firstly i always forgot those basic things. For example like i forgot if I already shampoo my hair, then I have to do it once again, there's this one time when i laugh about something funny, after I finished laughing I forgot what im laughing at. I always misplace and forget to take care of my things. Im so terrible, am i weird? Since im a muslim, I have to wash part of my bodies before praying in sequence. Its a thing that i do 5 times a day for my whole life, but theres this one time that I forgot the sequence of that thing. I feel so hopeless

Posted by Optional on 07/09/2015 at 05:08

I keep on forgetting where i put my stuff eg car keys,money bankcard. What it be

Posted by dreakleOptional on 27/08/2015 at 02:55

Ive struggled with my memory since forever i cant actually rember a long time anyway. But itd fast approavting worse its bad as now i cant keep up a conversation. I forget everything to the point i run out of the house cause i have no idea where i am. I never rember numbers or names or ppls faces i can never recall if somone has recently talked to me. I have no memorys of my past and recent 3 yrs r fading fast. Ive tried everything writting stuff down problem is i forget that i done that ir that it exists in first place, even if u write it on my forehead id forget to look in the mirror. At school i have no idea how i got by but i know i asked fir constant help. Its the biggest let down. Im now relying on ppl 24hrs as i loose concioceness at least 5x a day no matter the situation and have no warnings goidness nos what my familys feeling. Its bad atm as i forgot what i was ment to feel towards my husband i have no memory if our wedding day if it wasnt gor the photos id never belive i am martied, i struggked through my family as i never knew anything even tho it was saud 100x. I fo no i have low blood pressure and my ear holes are tge size if a babys si i cant fly as it hurts soo much. I needbhelp by other ppl to get me through the day and to help with looking after my son im glad for all the help by family and frienss i have.

Posted by Optional on 19/08/2015 at 03:35

I have bad memory. All of my memories feel like dreams.

Posted by mpho on 11/08/2015 at 06:48

Am 20 years old i have too kids and am a single mother past away when i was 16 years old now i left with my dad and my younger and my brother we stay with my grandmother the mother mother of our father we leave very well but my dad does nothing for us and that worries my early past few weeks i turn to forget where i put my phone i turn to forget even going to can tell me something now to go and fetch it in the house,but when i get ther i have forgotten what you said i should look for?so should i be worried about this or what cause it happens severely

Posted by Lost on 10/08/2015 at 09:59

Bad memory has been such a constant concern of mine over the years (I'm 30 now), that I've begun writing everything down in a journal. Not just my current life, but the past events that I can thankfully still remember. I'll have flashes of memory come back to me every once in awhile and those get recorded as well. Recalling a long lost memory is such a rare event that it makes me giddy and laugh. Almost everything for me from childhood to 18 years old is a near complete blur. I can't remember classrooms, teachers, fellow students, friends, names, faces, conversations... nothing. The worst is from middle school through high school where I have even less recollection. It doesn't seem normal that my four years of high school should be forgotten so quickly and easily. My twenties seem to be heading in the same direction as I could not tell you precisely where I was or what I was doing if you just gave me a month and a year.

Posted by Optional on 29/07/2015 at 03:03

I'm 14yrs nd i noticed that i forget a lot, I'm on a long holiday from school and i fear that i wouldn't remember anything i learned from the previous session. Its becoming too much every single day. What can i do to help myself?

Posted by Optional on 23/07/2015 at 04:56

i am sixteen year, i noticed that i keep forgetting things that happen to me. it started with me forgetting things that happen me the day before but now i forget thing that happen the last minute. i need help please

Posted by OnTheEdge on 13/07/2015 at 05:27

I'm 14 and can't remember routines that are set and a specific day every week. My parents are constantly giving me grief about it and conventional ways aren't working. (such as notes posted on walls, alarms on phone, etc.) Please help! I have ADHD and possibly Bi-polar mood disorder (it runs in family) if this information helps.

Posted by chidex on 01/07/2015 at 02:33

I usually forget things if am in conversation.....I v to pause nd think bf I really makes me nt enter into a conversation wit people.....

Posted by arron on 02/06/2015 at 02:53

hi wondering if you could solve my problems, i have no idea why my memeroy is abit rubbish i used to be really striaght to the point of things and explain but now i struggle to think and remeber and of places i been but i do remeber bits and bobs why this ?

Posted by Troubled mind on 01/05/2015 at 12:53

I have Memory loss and cant talk properly. I am smart but when i try and say smart things it stays in my head and doesn't come out. I'm not special or anything like that. i just find it difficult to say a lot of things. and its really embarrassing.

Posted by Josh on 25/04/2015 at 01:18

I have always been ostracized, it's something that goes a long way back and has caused me enumerable social problems. These include commitment issues, anxiety, severe insomnia, and cynical/pessimistic thoughts (those which go beyond realism). But the kicker is my ADHD. No, I don't have the generic form usually associated with getting bad grades; though that was how I was initially diagnosed. All the things listed above mirror those found in the article with a almost 1:1 ratio. I was smart, but became conceited and shunned the little friends and family I had; I turned to books to no avail, seeking a lost feeling of enjoyment. Then the video games, which distracted me from school and made me distant from all reality. Now I feel like I need to play catch up to my peers in my AP classes (Advanced Placement) and am finding myself unable. I attribute this to memory loss and DO NOT plan on giving up the fight. There, that's my life story pretty much... remember the ADHD, I warned you.

Posted by Memory issues on 27/01/2015 at 02:01

I find that my lack of memory recall ability is mostly due to a combination of being tired (lack of sleep) and problems with people which make me feel insecure. I have Attention Deficit Disorder and people tend to pick up on my forgetfulness and emphasize what they think is a weakness for me. Not being able to remember certain words at crucial moments makes it seem to others that I will not be able to make critical snap decisions in my job and in my home life. It seems to be a vicious circle of circumstances which happen at the worst times and cause severe stress enough to hinder my recollection of words.

Posted by sam on 10/12/2014 at 12:50

I've had memory issues lately and can't concentrate. I smoked weed for 3 months and at the most 3 times a week. probably 6 grams of marijuana used all together. I've stopped smoking since I've felt this way about a month ago. the pot is out of my system. I told my parents how I felt and that i had an episode of smoking. They think that I didn't enough for it to permanently effect me. when I was doing it with my friends, we were all smoking the same stuff and they said that they felt fine afterwards. I went to the doctor as well to see if i could get some closure, she said that it is very unlikely. So i don't know if I'm depressed, or have someother mental illness or if it was the pot. Please if anyone help me. I've been haunting myself with all these weed theories from websites. so please no links.

Posted by kevin on 20/11/2014 at 10:27

I have gone into a shop and walked out forgetting to pay by accsident 3 times in the last 2 weeks and i keep forgetting peoples names

Posted by Kirsten on 06/11/2014 at 06:49

Throughout my entire life I have been forgetting things. I forget what I was just thinking about a second ago I forget something important that I had to tell someone its like my mind is empty and it bothers me so much and scares me. Its not always like this but is getting worse aging. Is there something I can take or just talk to my doctor?

Posted by Optional on 04/11/2014 at 02:54

i guess depression does that to me. i am 21 years old male and i have memory lost for things and events concerning people around me. I always knew its was a problem cause by the way i am trying to carry the world on my shoulder. i first experience depression, stress and ancient when i was 12 years old and since then didn't get any brake; therefore, my brain is the most affected part of my body along with the acne. Thank you for the article

Posted by Optional on 20/10/2014 at 10:06

I'm always tired, feel like Im a daydream, forgetful and a by eyes and eye strain where I want to close them

Posted by Optional on 07/10/2014 at 03:51

it seems like i forget stuff alot eventhough i'm a pre-med student but still can't remember simple stuff

Posted by Optional on 26/09/2014 at 05:08

Hello...I am a 21 year old male. I know I have memory problems, in fact it's so bad that it effects my every day life. I do smoke alot of weed though. I have been using that as a blame for so many years, but I always wondered is that why? My memory has gotten so bad I can't remember what I did yesterday. I lost my best girl friend of eight years because I have became dull, I have become dark, and I have become lost. This article really touches me because I never thought that "depression" could effect your memory. Me, depressed?! No! I would rather feel pain, sorrow, and loneliness then admit im depressed. I look at depressed and I think bad, theres something wrong with that person, that could never be me. I would rather fight, and tell myself no, everyone feels this way then admit that im depressed. I would rather turn to drugs to cover the pain, or even better forget. I would let this effect me so bad that yesterday feels like a week ago, my days have turned to weeks, and my weeks have turned to months. But the best part is I forget most of it. I will look my friends in the eyes and cant pronounce their name, or call them the wrong one. I have become adapt to just screwing up peoples names even the ones I know. Its made me bitter and mean, but I dont care because to me, I know ill just forget it. But in the back of my mind I wondered why I would forget. I thought to myself wait this cant be normal. This article really opened my eyes and helped me. People dont just forget. It is time to turn things around admit that I am depressed and to start changing things. I know this will be a hard path but in the end I will feel so much better. I am typing this because I hope I can help just one person that might feel how I was feeling or see a response from someone of my age. Yes on the outside im fine I can put on such a fake cover I mean im 21 arent these suppose to be the best years of your life? All along knowing on the inside they are screaming.

Posted by Zar on 22/09/2014 at 06:57

Encouraging article...It clearly explains what real memory problems are...Thanks I found it useful...I am trying to improve my working memory by working out my brain...can you suggest ways in which person can improve his memory...Thanks again...

Posted by Optionaldavid on 29/08/2014 at 02:20

I have this problem i like reading but i forget quickly what i have just read is it normal

Posted by Optional on 28/08/2014 at 11:26

How come I can't remember things that happen today or yesterday but I can remember past thing?

Posted by Jennifer on 22/08/2014 at 06:56

What could cause poor memory in a teenager? I'm 16 and I find myself incapable of remembering any clear memories at all. At the most, I remember remembering a memory - but cannot remember the actual memory itself. What could cause this? Does anybody else have this problem, or is it just me?

Posted by Optional on 21/08/2014 at 01:40

When my girlfriend talks about long stories and I listen,then I talk but its not what she is talking about or its like I had a blank spot and asked a question about it and she said your not listening and it puts me I have a.d.? She says it hurts her feelings that I can't remember every word she says.

Posted by NeedHelp on 31/07/2014 at 09:12

I have always had a terrible memory. But recently, it's gotten worse. I left the cooker on, failed to wash a the bottom of a plate, and am starting to struggle with my spelling.

Posted by Optional on 29/07/2014 at 05:32

Hi, I am 26 year old female.I was one of the smartest student in my college,and maintained GPA of 3.5 in both first and second years.I had an excellent memory but now I can hardly remember what I did yesterday,what I just wrote in the morning lecture.I feel like things are getting worse.I also take good sleep but even though I feel very,very sleepy all the time.Is this because of a vitamin inefficiency? My dad has hyperthyroidism and he has the same memory problems like I do.I am so depressed about this situation.Please help!

Posted by Sarah on 21/07/2014 at 10:26

Hi, My symptoms are struggling at remembering stuff doing work, and kind of being depressed with this situation, and I stress A LOT. I wanna know what's happening, because it is affecting my school work:(

Posted by david on 15/04/2014 at 06:45

I have never had a real good memory, aaltho this sit has been very helpful. And yes I suffered from a heat stroke, on disability due to memory loss and other. I do agree some depression is a factor, but it is so frustrating, when people come up to me start a conversation and I have to say excess me, but who are you again. Are the people I probably now but don't recognize and they think I just being a snob. What can I do r do I need a brain scan

Posted by Tyler on 07/04/2014 at 12:03

I read a book which I thoroughly enjoyed and when I went to list it in my Shelfari list ( on line book page) it stated that I had read it 3 years ago. I don't remember a thing about that book. Is that an early sign of dementia

Posted by Optional on 04/04/2014 at 01:47

at first when I was younger it was only things people said I forgot, but know I forget to pick up people or I leave someone behind. I also have a lot of trouble focusing when I am driving.

Posted by april on 25/02/2014 at 11:41

Im 22 a mom of three and I forget everything I forget I left food on the stove I forget when im on the freeway driving and I will arive home and not remember the ride home or anything that I saw on the way I dont remeber driving im just home already I change the pass word on my email and the go to logg in 2 hrs later and I completely forgot again . I FORGET what breast I last feed me baby on I forget everything it this normal my babies 4 months old dose it have go do something with that? Im tierd of forgetting things please help

Posted by koko on 20/02/2014 at 07:36

i am currently going through embarassing memory loss and inability to comprehend anything.i am suffering depression and i am finding it difficult to live normally

Posted by Optional on 19/01/2014 at 08:14

I'm 33yrs old,i can't remember anything that i read in the book,like the 3rd sentence erase the 1st sentence,i read all the time but my memory is just as bad, What must i do to remember what i've been taught yesterday,i'm still a student and i'm failing to remember,i straggle a lot,i fail my test, I use to take Omega 3 an turbuvite but they didn't help me much. Anonymous

Posted by Jay on 09/01/2014 at 01:36

I've wondered about memory loss for some time now. I'm a 43 yr old male. Lived a normal working life. Kind of flit from one job to another so done pretty much most unskilled stuff. I've never believed myself to of suffered from depression or any bad illness. Just an everyday bloke But I often think ild love to get in touch with old friends but I really carnt remember there names. I'm not on about pre school Iran teen age friends. I often get ppl say they know me and ask if I remember such n such. Sorry but I don't. I even struggle to remember girls I've slept with ( not always a bad thing) I forget what yr I've worked at jobs and carnt remember any if the people I've worked with in the past by name. I know I've worked with them I just carnt remember there names. I've hit tattoos I carnt remember having. I loose daily things. ( I guess we all do that ) but I can find stuff n think it's mine until the family explain it's not and often turns out I've never owned anything like it. It's worrying that I remember so little about my past life. Or meeting ppl that I simply carnt remember. I also have pictures of people in my mind but no idea who they are. Drives me crazy.

Posted by Optional on 26/12/2013 at 07:54

hey..i'm just 20 and really do a lot of practice so that i learn it properly..i do learn and write a lot of time but still i forget things the very exact time i need doesn't mean that i do not pay attention..i do but still......i do not get good grades but i want good grades and for that i know i have to do a lot of work but it does'doesn't help me too much..i really want can i improve my memory..??please help....!!!!

Posted by kay on 14/11/2013 at 05:59

im getting so forgetful.cant remember dates,names and what was said to me 5mins worried and my sister is thinking im making it up.i get so angry over this

Posted by Optional on 09/11/2013 at 06:22

I'm 17, female, and have consistent memory loss, as well as Major Depressive Syndrome. Used to be very intelligent, was in the top 6 students of my graduating class, and now I can't even remember what I said yesterday. My sister is the only person who believes I am losing my mind, and now I actually consider it a possibility.. Help

Posted by fanek1 on 22/10/2013 at 09:39

hi im a 32 year old women, I've had depression for 10 year's and take medicine and my memory doesn't work I went to school too 2006 to 2009 and I learned an understood it was esl English. I knew everything but when I get home or anywhere I forget everything!! and when I try to find a job I forget every thing. I don't speak English or write, this what im using to type Is a translator. life is really hard now. and I still have depression. Doctors said just go sleep what am I going to do. and I have 2 kids. this is messing with my life....I don't know I pass out I go drop. they test and when I pass out my heart stops for 4 seconds if its over im dead. this is really hard if anyone knows anything please tell me! thank you bye. this meant a lot to say it.

Posted by Racheal T. on 18/10/2013 at 12:54

I am 18yrs old, yet I forget things easily which is very frustrating.I don't remember my childhood days, even my secondary school classmates that we have played together then just about 3years ago I hardly recognise them or remember them. I don't usually remember people's name and hardly recognise them. Now I am a student nurse and I hardly remember things that I am being thought in school. The most embarasing part is reading for exams and forgetting after getting to the examination hall. I don't know what to do.

Posted by Optional on 13/10/2013 at 06:26

Well this was nt helpfull i am 24 nd for get things easily. I love to read my books very well bt when i want to talk abt what i have read al over time i cant rember any tin expt u remind me. Plzz tell me if some thing is wrong with my brain

Posted by ram on 08/10/2013 at 05:57

hi,i am ram.. i am really afraid because i easily forget what i read or im poor in memorizing. i am short memory.. and forgetful. do give me some tips.huhuhu.

Posted by Optional on 06/10/2013 at 11:17

I am Destiney and I am 14 and I am experiencing memory problems I sometimes cant remember what I read a second ago or even what someone said like 10 seconds ago I feel terrible so I node and say "oh yeah" and smile no one knows what is wrong with me only my closest friend Sadie. she is very helpful reminding me on what to do or telling me what just happened a few minutes ago. Thanks to her my memory is kind of improving. If your reading this Sadie I love you and thanks for everything! <3

Posted by Optional on 30/09/2013 at 08:51

Hey im 14 and i seem to forget everything within a day and i have gained alot of weight can that be from stress or depression?i dont think its normal to forget so much at a young age like this

Posted by Optional on 23/09/2013 at 11:48

I am frightened, my memory lapses..I search for words in conversation. I know I am depressed since my husband died. I have a sometime boyfriend who has major problems too workwise and makes me very depresses to the point I sometimes dread answering his calls. I drink too much occasionally bu my memory loss scares me. How do I know if I have dementure?

Posted by Optional on 23/09/2013 at 10:01

I struggle to remember sometimes and I forget quik, I mustabated a lot I think that might be the cause

Posted by Optional on 20/09/2013 at 12:24

During school I had trouble learning in my teens... I left with no grades but I was great at things that was self taught or exciting, I'm now 27 I was ill during school diagnosed with asthma but iv had stroke like symptoms about 15 years... Now my recent memory after a recent attack has worsened.... But iv no stroke showing on the brain scans.... Is it anyone else like this? If anyone has any feedback email on hope this is ok.

Posted by Kaylala111 on 28/08/2013 at 04:42

My memory has been getting bad! 4 day ago my husband and I went shopping and I bought a raspberry lemonade, I didn't drink it and we put it in the fridge. This morning I saw it and I was like wondering where it came from and I was almost like think strange things like someone bought it for my husband so I asked him where it came from and he reminded me that I bought it!! I did remember right away! I am extremely concern now!! Does anyone think that I should be concern??

Posted by karen on 26/08/2013 at 02:06

i have memory loss so bad that while i m typing this i forgot , ive been told its stress my husband died three and a half yrs ago backk then i had it but its gotten much worse .i wa useing alot of drugs a few years back please help any thing i will try.. im really scared i

Posted by estephania on 17/07/2013 at 11:23

I am yound, but I have had for a few years now memory problems. I forget what I'm going to do, or say, I often mix words. I forget what people tell me sometimes not 30 minutes have passed and I totally forget. I often have problems full filling a task quickly because I start doing 2-5 things one after the other without finishing NONE. Its even caused Me problems with my boyfriend, half the time he thinks I'm lying.

Posted by deli worker on 22/06/2013 at 02:22

i have just turned 22 this yr. i am single parent. I have had memory problems since age 5 my parents had me to alot of dr no help. when told serveral things to do i can not remember them. i forgot get things all the time loss my keys forget what my mom tells me i need tp pick up and i do not do well at all with direction. can you please help me now i have a kid.

Posted by Optional on 10/05/2013 at 05:52

I just seem to forget what people mostly family members tell me.

Posted by akeem on 27/04/2013 at 04:38

hey my name is akeem , an i have a problem with my brain , the problem is when i try to study i cant study i goes into alot of daydreams i forget alot i start to feel sleepy , and i can consecrate on my work, my left side brain hurt when i study sometimes , i really need help

Posted by Optional on 06/04/2013 at 08:57

I had brain cancer in 2007.I lost one eye.I have aways worked and still do,till 3wks ago I have not been able to. I get real depressed,headaches,and also repeat things over and over every 5 to 10 minutes.Iwent to the emergency had x-rays and cat scan. but dr. said every thing looked normal. I'm worried I'm repeating a lot.what could be my problem.

Posted by Olipah on 18/03/2013 at 11:42

My forgetfulness is wearing me down because half the time I practically walk miles my own home because of it

Posted by Jasmine Cherie on 25/02/2013 at 03:51

I am 17 & currently a senior in high school and for the past two years My memory has left ... someone can tell me something and within 30 seconds I'd forget it . I am so scared because this isn't normal for some one My age . I forget alot of stuff , especially important things . My mom is 32 ,& I have 3 brothers . They're 9 , 2 ,3 & I have to deal with them all day because My mom works and goes to school , so it leaves all the pressure on me with My brothers .. My Uncle thinks i'm stressed , can any one sorta help me

Posted by Nyo on 25/02/2013 at 12:53

I lost some part of my memory. i went out with my friends on 24.02.2013. I can remember until the time i left them. But my friends said they were along with me and we were talking together. but i can't remember that moment at all. It may take 15 to 20 minutes. Next day my friend recount about last night and i was shock as i can't remember. Is there any solution to remember again?

Posted by Masturbater on 23/02/2013 at 05:20

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Posted by mill on 31/01/2013 at 03:51

I have always had a memory problem as far as i can think back in 16 and my childhood meaning under 7 i prob only rember a entitre 6 events and honestly wish i couldnt. like i forget names of family and sometimes even my own. i can be looking for an item i lost for upto six hours trying to find it even if i had it less then a min prior. i cant make appointements cause i simply wnt rember. it restricts me in many ways. i dnt know if its cause my mental health is a bad state, subsance use, or that it runs in my blood. i even forget partners names that gets awkward

Posted by Andy Hollis on 28/01/2013 at 10:33

I suffer with memory loss when dealing with things that are every day or not exciting and perhaps this is the key? If I have an interest in something then I have no problem recalling details, dates etc. Maybe if I filled my life with fun or mild challenges I would have a perfect memory? :-)

Posted by Santhosh on 06/01/2013 at 12:07

I've been masterbating over 5 years and i lost my memory, couldnt concentrate on anything:-) plz help me soon bye

Posted by shania on 04/01/2013 at 07:47

Hi, uhm i am having memory problems, like i knew my best friend for 3 years and after seeing her one day the next day when i saw her face i couldn't think of her name, and i keep forgetting how to spell things and i forget where i put things and how to do something in school and half the time i don't even remember conversations i have had... can you tell me whats wrong?

Posted by Optional on 25/11/2012 at 06:48

hi, My girlfriend in 24 and Alzheimer’s runs both ways in her family. Her grandma has it in her mothers side and her fathers parents both had it. Ive known my girlfriend for 2 years and i've noticed she forgets things easily. It is both little things like which day her appts are to big things like when/where did you use hundreds of dollars. For instance, she cant remember what she did 3 months ago with $500.00. She thinks she knows but she isnt 100% sure. I dont know, but for some people, wouldnt you remember things like that? She is very smart though, dont get me wrong. I dont know if heavy drinking in her past has anything to do with it or not. I guess what my question is, can early Alzheimer’s have an on-set this early?

Posted by O on 23/11/2012 at 01:35

I'm 13 and i have a really bad memory i cant remember anything from 2 weeks ago to earlier and no one can help me :(

Posted by Samy on 13/11/2012 at 11:34

i forget everything from people's, work related and important things, money, ect... i'm having difficult to remember a persons face that i met 2 days ago sometimes. i'm scared its getting worse

Posted by Optional on 26/10/2012 at 04:26

i am 21 years old , i have lack of concentration , easily tired , short-term memory loss , shortness of attention span what i should do ? and what is my possible diagnosis ?

Posted by tshireletso mokhasimbe on 10/10/2012 at 07:08

memory problems are part of our lifes.....and if you get more depression it can make you anxious and unable to cope

Posted by Optional on 05/10/2012 at 09:55

I'm a 17 year old girl, I sometimes forget stuff but lately I have been forgetting a lot like a conversation I had with a friend or locking the door. should I be worried??

Posted by Optional on 01/10/2012 at 06:59

hi my namee is saeed khawaja i was wondering why do i loose my whole memory once in couple of years for 2-5 mints what are the possibilities please

Posted by isabel on 30/09/2012 at 03:12

Why do I forget words to use when having a discussion with a friend?

Posted by emmanuel osinachi on 16/09/2012 at 12:29

i have had this problem for couple of years now, i was once addicted to masturbation, which i did just for 1year, but now i have stopped this habit.... this are the physical symptoms i have , fatigue, loss of contration, social anxiety, memory loss

Posted by Optional on 12/07/2012 at 07:06

I'm 32 and have become forgetful from last few years, since born of my 1st child (C section) initially i thought it's due to hormonel changes as I use to remember every single thing i use to keep it but now i just forget where i keep things,what somebody told me to bring, what somebody discussed with me...I'm worried what's going on with me and want to get treated for this. Any help?suggestions?

Posted by JJ on 19/11/2011 at 10:58

I am aware that I am becoming more forgetful over the past 5 years. I can not recall a conversation with a friend just 6 days ago in which I was apparently quite upset during the conversation. I can't remember anything about it. This is really worrying me. I have lost so many things in my house lately and over the past 4 years I have fell over in public about 5 or 6 times, really big fall overs. Should I be concerned and should I go to the doctors?

Posted by Optional on 07/10/2011 at 10:00

Ive noticed im getting forgetful , i keep missing apiontments ,forgetting names etc.

Posted by Optional on 17/07/2011 at 08:44, Nigeria

thanks for yr enlightenment.

Posted by Optional on 28/06/2011 at 11:44, Pakistan

i am 21 years old and iam facing the problem of concentration and memory loss what would you suggest me to do because i masturbated for the last ten years

Posted by vishal on 19/04/2011 at 10:24, India

i always read a book i understand it at the moment but afterwards i dont remember anything to tell in interview i can remember bullet points to write in the exam.i dont remember names hich my friend remember very easily. this was not the case few years back.In my studies i used to remember everything even if i read once.

Posted by Shatex on 18/03/2011 at 05:49, Pakistan

i think over masturbation badly affects one's memory. over masturbation definitely results in lack of concentration, poor memory, forgetfulness, impaired thinking, complex and logical thinking is also impaired

Posted by Wes on 11/11/2010 at 02:48, United States

Very frustrating. There seems to be no information, no help, and no one capable of understanding that my girl's complete loss of memory is very serious. If we had money it probably wouldn't be a problem. Just flash the cash and get some help.

Posted by Mel on 28/10/2010 at 01:45, Australia

If you have concerns with your memory, going back to the GP is a good start as this is where you can get a referral to see a clinical neuropsychologist who can carry out some test on memory with you. There are a range of things that can impair memory as mentioned in the above article such as stress, depression and alzheimers. The main thing here is to be proactive and seek support around you rather then doing this all on your own.

Posted by Anonymous on 19/10/2010 at 04:44, United States

I honestly dont know what to do anymore about my memory problems. I just recently started noticing it about a couple of months ago when i was having a conversation with a friend. She has told me before that i ask her the same questions about four times in the same conversation. Sometimes i dont even remember how i get to places. I barley have any memory of what i did the day before. Its' pretty hard to deal with. I struggle in school because of it... everyone thinks i dont pay attention. I even take notes but they hardly help...

Posted by Optional on 28/09/2010 at 04:43, United States

My 29 year old friend can not recall restaurant names he has eaten at just days earlier. He also can not remember people's names he just met or just spent a few hours with. Sometimes he can't remember situations he and I have been in. Why is his memory so poor? Could something have happened to him earlier in life? He is able to function and hold a good job at work, as far as I know. Any thoughts?


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