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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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Is there a reason why I am suddenly remembering bad memories from my childhood?

Is there a reason why I am suddenly remembering bad memories from my childhood?

Trigger: Sometimes an experience or stimulus can bring up memories from long ago; when these memories are unwelcome or troubling, a counselor or psychiatrist may be helpful in helping you cope with these memories. Talking about it may feel unpleasant at first but can help you feel less upset over time. ...Read more

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A 21 years old boy can remember his childhood I mean his first 2-3 years old in his life???

A 21 years old boy can remember his childhood I mean his first 2-3 years old in his life???

Normal: Some people do remember early childhood happenings particularly big ones, which leave an impact. I would not worry. ...Read more

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Is there a drug that prevents you from dreaming? I don't consciously remember traumas from my early childhood, but I frequently relive them in dreams.

No: Dreaming is a normal physiologic response in sleep. If the dreams are bothering you talk to a psychiatrist or psychologist to review the dreams and see if there are issues that you need to work through. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have memories from early childhood. I can remember my daycare, even diaper changes.

Is it normal to have memories from early childhood. I can remember my daycare, even diaper changes.

It can be: Some people remember more than others. It is also possible to incorporate information you have heard or seen photos into "memories". It may be very difficult to tell the difference. ...Read more

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How come a child won't remember a memory until 4 years old or so?

How come a child won't remember a memory until 4 years old or so?

Comes with language: Children have memory extremely early in life, its our ability to recall these memories that fades over time. Many people have memory that tracks back before age 4. Typically adults can recall memories that began around the time of language acquisition. Other early memories that may stick are ones that were very different from the norm (trauma or very unique events). ...Read more

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Since childhod its extremely difficult for me to remember things and numbers. What should I do for betterment of my memory.

There are many: Mnemonic (memory) devices & " peripheral brains, " (e.g., smart phones or tablets); however, a neuropsychological evaluation will define your strengths & weaknesses in attention, memory, & ability to process verbally & visually presented information. The neuropsychologist will make recommendations for accommodations & adult-learning programs that address your specific deficits. ...Read more

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I have had problems concentrating and remembering things since I was a child and now as an adult its gotten worse. What could this be?

I have had problems concentrating and remembering things since I was a child and now as an adult its gotten worse. What could this be?

Many things: Certainly adhd is much better recognized in children and adults now than it was years ago. However, problems with concentration and memory can have many causes. If it's worrying you and impairing your ability to function, seek an evaluation, possibly starting with your primary care doctor. If it's just occasionally misplacing your keys, you may just be being human. ...Read more

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The top of my back has been hurting. I have a hump. Could that be serious? I am 29. I've had the hump in my back for as long as I can remember.

The top of my back has been hurting. I have a hump. Could that be serious? I am 29. I've had the hump in my back for as long as I can remember.

Unlikely but: This pain is most likely muscular due to being off center in terms of your spine's balance with the hump you are describing most likely representing a scoliosis or a kyphosis or "round back" and less likely related to a endocrine or gland problem. You need to be seen by your doctor. Based on the length of time you describe having it it is most likely a spine deformity. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I was sexually abused as a child but I can't remember it?

What to do if I think I was sexually abused as a child but I can't remember it?

Explore it: With a therapist or psychologist that you trust. Such a person will help you sort out what is making you think you were abused and feelings associated with this idea and how this affects you life today. You can find a psychologist close to you here: locator. Apa. Org find someone who knows about sexual abuse and who you like and who feels safe. ...Read more

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I got molested as a child but I don't remember it and I want to know what is wrong with me?

I got molested as a child but I don't remember it and I want to know what is wrong with me?

There may be nothing: Wrong with you or you may be suffering greatly. The fact that you cannot remember is common among sexual abuse victims. It is indeed a common reason for someone to enter therapy. Painful memories can easily be repressed. There's no problem with that as long as they do not affect your mood, behavior, or relationships in adulthood. If they do, then it would be advisable for you to enter therapy to explore the issue further. If you wish to remember what happened, then more of an uncovering psychoanalytictherapy with hypnotic components may be advisable. If you do not wish to remember then that is entirely a decision between you and your therapist and will have a lot to do with both your and your therapists perceptions of your over all psychological strength. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have dark patches on my back that are a little dry. I don't ever remember not having them. What might it be? Also, I have a picture.

Need more info: The fact that thy have been there a long time is somewhat reassuring, but I cannot have a further opinion without more info--such as your age, and picture. A virtual consult would be appropriate. ...Read more

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As far back as I can remember, I get random sharp shooting pains through out my body. Lasts various times. Not constant. Fibromayagia maybe?

As far back as I can remember, I get random sharp shooting pains through out my body. Lasts various times. Not constant. Fibromayagia maybe?

Unlikely.: Fibromyalgia is a DX of exclusion. Go see your doctor. Random shooting pains could be so many different things. We need a better history and you will need to be examined, esp. For hyperreflexes. ...Read more

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A lot of times i'll sleepwalk at night but I remember it in the morning. I always go back to bed after. Is there any special condition I have?

A lot of times i'll sleepwalk at night but I remember it in the morning. I always go back to bed after. Is there any special condition I have?

Yes: It would be convenient to schedule a sleep study. Sometimes eeg is also recommended; you might get better soon. Consult your dr or a specialized neurologist/psychiatrist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What do I do to remember if I was sexually abused as a child?

What do I do to remember if I was sexually abused as a child?

Beware: There are "therapists" who will try to get you to remember things that may well not have happened. The majority opinion today is that these "memories" are unreliable and you may hate someone for no reason, ruining relationships and your own mental health. And "remembering trauma" will not cure you. Get with an evidence-based therapist who'll focus on really helping you for a better future. ...Read more

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Why don't I remember all my questions till the doctor leaves? Is it ok to ask him to come back?

DON'T REMEMBER QUESTI: It is not nice to expect doctor to come back. What I suggest is write down allthe questions you need to ask on a piece of paoer. And if you can not get all the answers or think of the questions after doctor leaves, than either call next day or make another appoitment for that. ...Read more

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I have most, not if all symptoms of ADHD. I am a girl by the way. I vaguely remember having some of these symptoms as a child.?

I have most, not if all symptoms of ADHD. I am a girl by the way. I vaguely remember having some of these symptoms as a child.?

? question?: You made a statement but did not ask a specific question. One of the problems encountered in self diagnosis is the lack of an understanding that several other issues can present with the same issues. Take poor sleep efficiency, learning disabilities, poor short term memory, etc. All of these can be assessed by qualified personel. ...Read more