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How far back are you supposed to remember from your childhood?

How far back are you supposed to remember from your childhood?

It varies a lot.: Some say they can recall events at 1 or 2 years of age. Children in elementary school challenge even their parents recall of the child's early events. By the time we are in our mid to late 20s not much prior to age 4 or 5 is recalled. Studies have compared actual known childhood events to our recall of those events. Recalled memories were found to be composites of several events, not one event. ...Read more

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When ideas a child in school I couldn't remember anything I learned. Back in my day I was pit into dumb class. Now I'm well grown I know there's meds ?

When ideas a child in school I couldn't remember anything I learned. Back in my day I was pit into dumb class. Now I'm well grown I know there's meds ?

Maybe, maybe not: There are many ways to learn, some folks don't learn in traditional ways & need other methods. In fact, everybody has different brain "wiring" & learns best by a certain "circuit." Some people (like me) have to read something to understand it well, others have to hear it, still others have to "do it" (use hands-on learning). Find out how your brain's wired, by testing, for your best way to learn. ...Read more

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I can't remember my childhood is it bad?

I can't remember my childhood is it bad?

Very unusual: If you truly cannot remember anything in your childhood, i would wonder if there was some traumatic event that occurred. If your memory of recent events is normal, and you can recall things that happened last week, your inability to recall your childhood would possibly mean that there may have been events that were traumatic or upsetting. Perhaps seeing a psychiatrist would be helpful. ...Read more

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Why can't/don't i remember large portions of my childhood?

Why can't/don't i remember large portions of my childhood?

What age?: Many folks remember little before pre-school, except for very emotional events. If the lack of memory goes well into grade school it may have something to do with lack of motivation to remember or maybe even some trauma that you'd rather not remember. A clinical psychologist can help you sort that out. If the latter is the situation he/she can help you possibly recall or live peacefully w/it. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot remember anything from my childhood?

What to do if I cannot remember anything from my childhood?

Memory: Is this new? Or longstanding? If it's new, check with your physician about a medical problem. If it is longstanding, it may be a sign of old trauma, that you have repressed, and counseling may help with that. ...Read more

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How to know the cause of depersonalization if I don't remember anything from my childhood?

How to know the cause of depersonalization if I don't remember anything from my childhood?

Perhaps not needed: If you remember nothing from your childhood and are now 18 (as your question note indicates), this is not usual. But you may not need to consciously remember "the cause" of depersonalization to get help for the symptoms you now have. What's important is to recognize that your current experience is distressing to you in some way, enough to seek help. A psychiatrist or therapist can be useful here. ...Read more

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Would it be abnormal that i don't remember my childhood below the age of about 10 years old?

Would it be abnormal that i don't remember my childhood below the age of about 10 years old?

Yes!: Very early childhood memories are the stuff of romance novels, etc; not all of us have them. People who have suffered major psychological trauma in childhood (eg abuse, rape etc) often do not remember the events in their conscious mind, but it is not true that failure to remember means there was a traumatic event. ...Read more

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My 30 yr old husband wet the bed the other day and was so confused as that's never happened. He can't even remember doing it in childhood. Is he ok?

My 30 yr old husband wet the bed the other day and was so confused as that's never happened. He can't even remember doing it in childhood. Is he ok?

Men: Yes he is probably okay. But there may be more to this. I would want to know if he is on any meds, or using large amounts of alcohol. I would look for infection. ...Read more

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