Can depression cause memory loss?

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.

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Can depression cause memory loss and lack of concentration?

It can. Yes, these can both be symptoms of depression. If you are not getting professional mental health care- please consider this beneficial option. Read more...

Can my depression be cause of my memory loss?

Yes. Depression can definitely cause problems with concentration and memory. It would be important to have a good evaluation to also investigate other possible causes of decreased memory. Read more...
Attention or memory. One of the symptoms of depression is diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day. In depression you fail to remember because you were not paying attention when the situation happened. The information did not get registered in your memory. Memory loss occurs when information has been registered but you have no access to it. Explore other possible causes. Read more...

Could depression/stress cause short term memory loss?

Yes. One of the more common issues with poor memory performance is depression and/or stress. Disinterest and in attention along with easy distractability make one appear to have memory loss. Read more...

Does really ECT causes memory loss and is transcranial stimulation effective option for anxiety and depression?

Tx options. ECT can cause loss of recent memories. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses magnetic fields to stimulate brain nerve cells to treat depression. Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) uses a pulsed electric current across the head to treat depression, anxiety & insomnia. I use CES with a large number of my patients with good results. Read more...

Can short term memory loss be caused by traumatic experiences, stress grief. Is losing your memory permament or as depression lifts it will return?

Yes trauma does this. Trauma releases chemicals that are deleterious to your memory cells. Some of those memory cells unfortunately die off. Part of the action of antidepressants is to stimulate brain derived neurotrophic factor, which helps those brain cells regrow so that your memory becomes sharper again. Best wishes.:). Read more...
Depends. Yes, stress and depression can affect your memory. Chronic anxiety can lead to stress hormones that will affect regions of your brain needed for memory consolidation. Poor sleep secondary from stresses will definitely affect your memory (so many people do not understand the value of a good night sleep). Talk it over with a behavioral health specialist. There is hope for you. Read more...
It should return. Unless there is a physical (vascular) problem, your memory should return and you can help this process by what you do. Seeking supportive psychotherapy and/or practicing something like mindful meditation may be useful. Even books, music or film and conversation with pleasant companions can re-ignite short-term memory - so can active spiritual exercises. Do try to have faith as you heal. Read more...

Can the depression caused by acute sodium deficiency be recovered. Because the problem has caused depression and memory loss to my father. .

It depends. If the main cause for memory loss is due to to acute sodium deficiency, he will recover when the sodium is replaced . It is rarely just one reason that memory is impaired. His doctor must find out what caused the sodium deficiency and correct the root cause.He should also try to find out whether there are medical problems that can contribute . Depression can also cause memolry deficits . Read more...