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Old 04-21-2015, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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At one point I felt like I had the best memory in the world, I could remember names and faces regardless of how long it had been since I last saw them. Now in my early 20s, these things I forget. Now that I think of it, I am forgetting more and more. I guess it's more of a short term memory loss.

For example, I am in college, and in my math class I learn how to do problems, and I will practice them, but next thing I know, I can't remember how to do the formula.

It's more than that, but I just wanted to give an example.

I'm bringing this up with my doctor on my next visit, but was wondering if anyone had and similar experiences.

Thank you
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:44 PM
 
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I had that problem for a couple of years. At the same time I lost my color vision and depth perception and I could no longer remember faces. I learned later I might have had a stroke. For what it's worth, it gradually got better. But I would have it checked out ASAP. Depression can do that; so can anxiety; so can some endocrine problems; there are a lot of possibilities.
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:53 PM
 
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I had that problem for a couple of years. At the same time I lost my color vision and depth perception and I could no longer remember faces. I learned later I might have had a stroke. For what it's worth, it gradually got better. But I would have it checked out ASAP. Depression can do that; so can anxiety; so can some endocrine problems; there are a lot of possibilities.
I do suffer from both depression and anxiety.

Thank you.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Stress/anxiety can have a tremendous impact on short term memory. I seriously doubt its Dementia. Dementia is cognitive impairment that is part of a downward cycle. Its very possible that you are experiencing cognitive difficulties that are not going to get worse over time. I suspect if you learn to manage your anxiety or come up with coping mechanisms that your short term memory will restore to normal functioning.
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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Diagnostic criteria for dementia generally require advanced age. Memory lapses for people in their 20's are more likely caused by stress, or perhaps even a neurological disorder. If the problem is particularly bothersome, it might be a good idea to talk with your primary care physician, or a even a neurologist.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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Do you smoke marijuana? That will cause memory loss.
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Carbon monoxide poisoning will also cause memory loss, among other symptoms. My memory/cognition started to suddenly go downhill when I was in my 40's. The doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong and neither could I. It took a worker from public utilities to give me a diagnosis. When he came over and tested the air in my home, he ordered me to get out right away and told me that he was surprised I hadn't died in my sleep! Well, I didn't die, but many of my brain cells did, and I continue to have problems to this very day. Moral of the story: Make sure you have a CO detector that is working properly. I also agree with those who have suggested your memory problems may be due to stress. If you have a lot of anxiety going on, it can lower your IQ by several points.
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Do you smoke marijuana? That will cause memory loss.
Nope, nor any other drugs.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:38 PM
 
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This EXACT same thing happened to me with math!

Given your anxiety, you might be the "quick to learn and quick to forget" type of learner and it is only now becoming an issue for you. My high anxiety helped me cram for many tests only to forget the info the next semester, or next week sometimes, if I didn't keep using the info.

Our memory in general is like a muscle. "Use it or lose it."

Does not sound like dementia.
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Old 05-02-2015, 02:07 PM
 
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Nope, nor any other drugs.
Do you take any prescription drugs?...that could play a part in memory loss.
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