Depression and Memory Loss?

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   Posted 1/15/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been really down the past couple of weeks and I have noticed that my memory is awful.  I forget things I would normally remember and I even say things that just don't come out right--like I mix up words.  I am also really tired.
Has anyone here felt like this before? 

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   Posted 1/15/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep I'm 20 years old and I was first depressed at around 13 and I left school at 14. Probably the last year of school my grades were terrible but before that I was always smart and getting As, since then my memory has seemed really bad and I can't seem to concentrate on anything properly really! Also the mixing up of words has happened to me a lot! I had a friend who had a really good memory and could recite lines from movies/TV shows that we had both seen and I couldn't even remember what had happened in said movie/show never mind remember the lines! Maybe thats him just having a good memory but there are numerous instances where I just can't remember anything, it's frustrating but I feel your pain!

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   Posted 1/15/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Indigo, I am exactlt the sme, its like I can't order my thoughts properly, I have a brilliant memory for some things, I can remember dates & things people tell me - but I can't remember what I have said.  I think its coz I'm always rushing to say something, that my mind is already on to something else before I have even spoken!
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   Posted 1/15/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that when we get a lot on our minds we tend to do that. It happens to me too. But I get what is called fibrofog. That is because I have fibromyalgia, which also makes you really tired. So I can sympathize with you on both issues.

Try meditation at night, it will clear your mind and help you to focus on one thing at a time. You need to try to live in the moment. I guess they call it being in the NOW. That helps a lot when it comes to memory.

There is also a supplement called ginko biloba that is suppose to improve memory. It might be worth looking into.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/15/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Indigo, My therapist always tells me to stay in the NOW just as Karen has said.  When you have too many things to think about or worry about you can get forgetful. Are you on any meds?  Trying to relax at night is helpful.  You can use relaxation excercises or listen to CDs that are meant to relax you with light, soothing music.  I have many rexation CDs and they really do calm me down.  Also, it is better to read a little something before bed than to have the TV on.  TV before bed can be very distruptive to your falling asleep.  I hope I have given you a few things to help you.  Keep posting and let us know how you are doing.

Many hugs,


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   Posted 1/15/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, I had the same problems at work I remember having a tough time understanding certain stuff that was eazier for me in the past, ( I do technical stuff ), but try to think of it this way, it's a bless that we can forget because if we didn't our minds may go crazy! lol , forgeting things is natural and is part of the brain function. so don't be upset.

I also noticed I tend to forget more when it's something I am not interested in, or not wanting to do it in the first place. but sadly there are a lot of memories I wish I could forget but I can't , like bad memories..

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