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Is Forgetfulness Part Of Depression?

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Hi there! I'm just wondering if forgetfulness is part of depression.

As to why I think I have depression, well I'm sad because of these reasons -> http://www.depressio...from-a-failure/

Yes, my forgetfulness is part of why people get mad at me. The thing is, there's no way to prove to them that my memory is becoming worse each passing year. Whenever I tell them I'm in pain or my eyesight is bad or that I forgot about something, they'll just say "You're just making an excuse". Honestly, I'm getting more worried about my forgetfulness because I wasn't like this when I was 20 years old (I'm almost 30 now). I'm worried that my worsening memory could be another symptom of an even more horrible problem...or even mental problem.

For example, when I was asked what I wore 2 days ago, I honestly didn't know the answer despite me thinking very hard.

I don't want to end up like those old people who can't remember their own family members. If I only had money I'd really go to a doctor and have him check my head for problems.

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My memory gets MUCH worse when I'm depressed (though I'm not gonna win any award for it normally either, lol). I'm doing good now and don't have a clue what outfit I might've worn two days ago... maybe if I dug through the dirty clothes hamper it would jog my memory, lol.

If you're having problems, you should look around and see what sorts of free and low-cost alternatives are available for medical care in your area. There are many clinics with sliding scales based on income that could perhaps help you with your problems.

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Sometimes I am forgetful. When I am out and about I might forget where I'm going or don't remember what I was suppose to pickup at the store. I have a make a list when I first think about or I might not remember. Once I forgot one of my aunts name. I know her very well but couldn't recall the name until way later in the day. My doc says it could be due to one of my meds. I only take that particular on an as needed basis.

I think depression can also contribute forgetfulness. You are not as focus and alert. I hope it gets better for you.

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I often say I have the memory of a goldfish.

I wondered this, too. My ability to retain information of any kind has been degrading every year since I became majorly depressed. I was 13, turning 24 next month, so that's a bit of brain missing, IMO. :unsure:

The memory problems compound my problems. I can't remember the info I need for simple tasks I have to carry out for my own care. :| If I don't write it down, I'll likely lose it. Problem is, I can't remember that I NEED to write stuff down. Vicious cycle. And friends and family just don't believe me either. I had a boyfriend angry at me all the time for forgetting things, no matter how many times I tried to explain my problem. They just think it's laziness. Truth be told, I lie a lot to cover that I remember things I have no recollection of.

I had a therapist for a very short time that said depression that goes on long enough is doing damage in that respect, but I don't know if that's true.

Definitely doesn't help matters any, that's certain.

Maybe it'll get better if we're happy long enough? I keep telling myself that, anyway.

*hugs*

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I never attributed my random lapses of memory to my depression; I always assumed it was caused by the anxiety. I remember a few times in high school I would randomly forget my locker combination, even though I used that locker ever school day! Even scarier, a few times I have forgotten what side of the road I'm supposed to be driving on when re-entering traffic. Things like that scare the crap out of me, and always seem to happen when I'm under a lof of stress. When I'm really tired, I forget how to spell easy words when normally I'm an excellent speller. So, for me, I think it's a combonation of anxiety and exhaustion, but I wouldn't be surprised if the depression was also a factor.

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I seem to feel that way too, eventhough I can't fully verify this as I'm not a psych professional and I tend to have a good long-term memory(and terrible at short).

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ABSOLUTELY!

I find that when I am depressed I really struggle with my vocabulary when speaking. All the nouns go right out of my head and I'm left pointing at something saying 'the... um... thingy!! There - that thing!' and people's names too...it's very frustrating :boredsmiley:

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Newbi,

I suffer from depression as well as fibromylagia..both mess up my memory (that is one of the reasons I had to quit teaching)..anyway, I have tried everything to improve my memory, but nothing helped. So I started writing notes to myself...Lots of notes. It really helped!

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I think in life we try to point to one reason something happens. My belief it's a combination of factors. That said my short term memory has suffered a bit and here is what I believe.

1. I am back to a high stress job

2. My marriage is not so good.

3. I take meds for BP1, OCD, etc.

4. I take ambien and that affects memory proven.

5. I have had major manic and depressive episodes over the last six months. A few full blow psychotic episodes where I can't remember why I am here, where I parked my car and if you touch me you are going to get hurt bad. I suffer from Paranoia and that's a combo of abusive childhood, major traumas, BP1, OCD, etc.

So my point being, its probably a number of factors that are causing your memory issues, and depression is definitely one of them, it's documented in the DSM......... forgot last part.

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I see hmm. Just got home now from doing errands. Another forgetful moment happened. So I loaded this big jug of water into the car's trunk. I unloaded it near the elevator. I went back to the car, parked it, and took the dolly to help push the jug of water around. As soon as I started walking with dolly in hand, in my mind I just thought "Oh no, I forgot the jug of water!" and headed straight back to the car's trunk, only to remember mid-way that I already unloaded it near the elevator.

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I find that depression causes SO MUCH exhaustion and that my focus is mainly on how miserable I am feeling, that is has definitely contributed to my memory loss. Whether or not I am on meds, my memory has really suffered from being depressed for such a long time, with little to no relief. Being that I am extremely med-resistant, I have been severely depressed for about 6 months with bouts of my OCD also flaring up. When I am feeling so miserable, that is literally all I focus on. I also find it unbearable to make simple decisions and have not been able to work for three years due to my inability to carry out simple instructions. I too am one of those who has to write EVERYTHING down so I don't forget. I think the longer you are depressed, the worse your memory gets. I am not a doctor but this has been my experience. Personally, I have been on SO many different meds that I believe that is another contributing factor of my forgetfulness.

I know it's hard but hang in there! Perhaps you can look at your local county hospital. Mine offers low cost services if you are low income. Worrying about being depressed is the WORST, making the depression that much more difficult to live through....and so begins the vicious cycle. For me, having severe depression/anxiety/OCD/agoraphobia has made it nearly impossible to focus on anything else-no wonder I can't remember the simplest of things. I know what you are going through and I hope you get the help you need.

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Hi there! I'm just wondering if forgetfulness is part of depression.

As to why I think I have depression, well I'm sad because of these reasons -> http://www.depressio...from-a-failure/

Yes, my forgetfulness is part of why people get mad at me. The thing is, there's no way to prove to them that my memory is becoming worse each passing year. Whenever I tell them I'm in pain or my eyesight is bad or that I forgot about something, they'll just say "You're just making an excuse". Honestly, I'm getting more worried about my forgetfulness because I wasn't like this when I was 20 years old (I'm almost 30 now). I'm worried that my worsening memory could be another symptom of an even more horrible problem...or even mental problem.

For example, when I was asked what I wore 2 days ago, I honestly didn't know the answer despite me thinking very hard.

I don't want to end up like those old people who can't remember their own family members. If I only had money I'd really go to a doctor and have him check my head for problems.

I have MAJOR issues with my memory. I

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Yes, I think it's quite common actually. It's rather closely linked to bad concentration which is a very, very common symptom of depression.

I did a bit of a maths paper the other day. I went back to check it five minutes after I finished and I had absolutely no recollection of ever having seen the page before!

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My memory is so bad at times it actually causes me anxiety. When I'm in a social situation or at work and my mind goes flat and I cant speak or remember what I'm talking about I get very self concious. I enjoy reading books but it is very difficult to do. All because of depression.

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oh yes, memory problems linked to anxiety and overthinking about the past and future

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In my case, I definitely think so.

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I would definatley say I've become absent-minded. I often forget little things like my wallet or grocery lists, or forget to put something on my list for me to remember. :laugh:

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Forgetfulness, inability to focus or concentrate... all part of the depression package. Sometimes I am so out to lunch, I have a hard time doing my job, and I have to hope nobody notices..

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I definitely find that when I start to get depressed from my anxiety I start to forget lots of little things. Definitely annoying. I too have written many notes during the bad times.

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I would definatley say I've become absent-minded. I often forget little things like my wallet or grocery lists, or forget to put something on my list for me to remember. :laugh:

If you are a techy like me and have a droid there is an app taskos that you can easily input your tasks into from gmail. It is a life saver for me. Sorry not trying to advertise it's free and I just want to help someone.

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I wouldn't say our memory gets worse, I think due to the fact that we overthink everything, there is simply no room left for small things. I remember important things, I remember everything for school but no, I don't remember what I wore yesterday because it's not that important.

If you think of it, it's kinda funny:))

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Definitely, I find that when I'm very depressed or anxious, I'm also very forgetful. Additionally it impairs my ability to think clearly and concentrate. I have social anxiety and often it's as if it reduces my intelligence when I'm in social situations.

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Yeah, my memory is definitely worse when I'm in the grips of severe depression. I'd forget where I was going or about to do. I'd have a particular hard time seperating dreams from reality. I'd often ask myself "was that a dream I had, or did that really happen?" Mind, I have pretty specific dreams. I often dream about conversations with friends and family.

Meds do help here though. My memory has gotten a lot better over the past weeks. Hurrah!

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