Memory loss and depression

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What can I do about that?
I’m incredibly forgetful. I will forget something I was going to say a 3 minutes ago. I remember most bad memories in my childhood but I have forgotten most good ones. I can’t remember people’s birthdays, names etc... it’s bothering me!
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Have you thought about having a notebook you carry round with you to write down important things you might forget? it then might help you remember other stuff like nice memories if you're not constantly stressing about remembering names and stuff. You could also try talking to your gp about it and see if they can refer you to a specialist they might be able to try and figure out whats going on
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(Original post by Anonymous)
What can I do about that?
I’m incredibly forgetful. I will forget something I was going to say a 3 minutes ago. I remember most bad memories in my childhood but I have forgotten most good ones. I can’t remember people’s birthdays, names etc... it’s bothering me!
Depression means that there is a massive chronic stress response in your body, including in your brain. A consequence is a 'cascade' of overactivity in the brain with the cortex bombarding other bits of the brain and the limbic system going along with it and pumping out feelings of wretchedness. A consequence of this is cognitive ability the classics of people saying they aren't able to concentrate and memory problems. People obviously notice then and then worry about this and think there's something very seriously wrong with them.

You can also see this in anxiety. Not everyone gets it, but certainly a couple of people I know with social anxiety are extremely forgetful of things in their short term memory due in part to symptoms of anxiety. This is very noticeable to other people, but is often read in other ways where people think they are a bit 'ditzy' or on the other side of things people think they are deliberately 'blanking them' or 'aloof' or 'arrogant' or 'not listening'.

Systems for names and birthdays will probably help.
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