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I've been forgetting stuff lately but not everything like i'll do something and forget almost right after should I be worried or am i just forgetful?

I've been forgetting stuff lately but not everything like i'll do something and forget almost right after should I be worried or am i just forgetful?

Get evaluated: Have you injured your head recently? Concussions are more common than most people think, and can result in difficulty with short-term recall. Have you used drugs or alcohol? These can be issues also. I really suggest working with a doctor about these questions so s/he can listen to your whole situation, examine you, and go from there. Don't worry, but do see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Why am i so forgetful all the time i forget we're i'm going what i'm doing an saying?

Why am i so forgetful all the time i forget we're i'm going what i'm doing an saying?

Many possibilities: There are many possible causes for forgetfulness -- everything from taking certain substances, to medication side effects, to nutritional problems, to anxiety & concentration issues, to more serious ones like degenerative neurologic illness. You could get the best attention for your own situation by seeing your own physician for a thorough evaluation. Also staying away from sedating substances. ...Read more

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Im 29, yesterday I didn't know date/day I was at work my went blank, been forgetful lately, is this normal? Took me 30min to find my keys today

Im 29, yesterday I didn't know date/day I was at work my went blank, been forgetful lately, is this normal? Took me 30min to find my keys today

Should be evaluated: Diagnosis requires evaluation in clinic. The list of possibilities for unexplained memory lapses ranges from relatively harmless (anxiety, distraction, or sleep deprivation) to serious (a type of seizure, or brain tumor.) diagnosis requires evaluation by primary care physician who can then determine whether or not studies/referrals are needed. ...Read more

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My wife is very forgetful is this a medical condition?

My wife is very forgetful is this a medical condition?

Could be: There are many possible causes for forgetfulness. Some are certainly medical, so it's a good idea to encourage your wife to see her family physician for an evaluation of this complaint and her overall health. Nutritional issues, various medications, and other substances people might use can also cause memory problems. ...Read more

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How can I be less forgetful and spacey?

How can I be less forgetful and spacey?

It depends: It depends on the reason for being "forgetful and spacey" -- which are many possibilities. Seeing your primary care physician for a general health evaluation -- and possibly a psychiatrist also -- can help find out why this is happening. Then a treatment plan can be developed. On your end though, you could make sure you're not using alcohol or recreational drugs, and are getting consistent sleep. ...Read more

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Why do women become more forgetful as they age?

Why do women become more forgetful as they age?

For the same as men.: More things to be concerned about: family, children and perhaps grandchildren, the economy, society in general. Then homrone changes will occur, and in women hrt will not give a female the Estradiol levels of a 30 year old. As we age, we accumalate other baggade. Wake up to urinate, sleep less in general, etc. We exercise less. Complex question with many facets. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to address forgetfulness?

Is there a good way to address forgetfulness?

Forgetfulness: My colleagues have suggested ways you might address the forgetfulness of someone else, but i wondered whether you might be concerned about your own forgetfulness? If this is so, you can get a thorough evaluation by seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist. You may also need more in-depth neuropsychological testing and/or other studies. They can also suggest ways to help you with this issue. ...Read more

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What could cause forgetfulness?

What could cause forgetfulness?

So many things: Forgetfulness could result from a lot of things. Our emotions, sadness/depression, anxiety, neurological problems, attention problems, stress from any source, certain medications, illnesses, dementia and others can all contribute to forgetfulness.If this is a new problem for you and you have no underlying medical problem to account for it, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I am 34 years old and suffer from EXRTEME forgetfulness, like forget full coversations I have had just the day before. Could this be serious?

It's serious...: ...if it affects your ability to function. There's more than 1 possibility: Some people's "forgetfulness" is actually attentional more than memory; they're distracted by internal stimuli. If the memory never goes in, it can't come out. Since this is so distressing to you, consider neuropsychological testing to find out what kind of memory problem you really have and how severe it really is. ...Read more

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My grandma had alszheimers.I'm 26 and I seem to be more forgetful than my peers. Are there any tests for me to take to determine the cause?

My grandma had alszheimers.I'm 26 and I seem to be more forgetful than my peers. Are there any tests for me to take to determine the cause?

Alzheimers unlikely: Common causes of impaired memory in young people include brain injury, drug/alcohol use, seizure disorder, sleep apnea/deprivation. You're too young for alzheimers. You could also be perfectly normal. Psychologists can administer careful memory tests to say whether your memory is normal, and if not, how it is not. You may want to run this by your primary care doc first, though: testing is $$. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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