A 22-year-old male asked:
can depression cause memory loss ?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Pamela Pappas answered
41 years experience Psychiatry
Yes, in a way: There isn't a brain-destructive process like alzheimer's going on in depressed people, but thought process can be slowed to the point of not retaining information. If information isn't getting in, then it won't be remembered later. In the past there was a syndrome of "pseudodementia, " where low energy and poor motivation led to mistaken diagnoses of dementia in older people.
Answered on Apr 11, 2016
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