How is your memory?

@mahmah (436)
United States
May 13, 2007 8:40am CST
I am 32 years old and in order to remember something as simple as to water my plants I have to post notes all over the house. So I guess my memory is awful. I am afraid to see what it is like when I am twice my current age. I have tried a bunch of natural memory enhancers like vitamins and supplements but guess what I forget to take them. I manage to remember to feed my cats and to clean their litterboxes but everything else I need notes. Does anyone have any suggestions on things that can help you with your memory? Does anyone else suffer from this or am I alone here? :)
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• United States
14 May 07
I'm going to turn 23 years old at the end of this month and I think I have an awful memory for being so young. I'm EXTREMELY forgetful. I think my memory got worst after I had my son. I must have a lot on my mind because it seems like i'm always forgetting.
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
14 May 07
Well according to the previous response, pregnancy and child birth are possible causes of memory loss. But you know, your mind is so full of things you need to do to care for your son, there really isn't much room for other things. LOL mahmah
• United States
14 May 07
That's good. At least I have an excuse for having a horrible memory. LOL. I definately think it's because I have a lot on my mind at once.
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• United States
13 May 07
Some everyday causes of forgetfulness may include: Tiredness - see also causes of tiredness Concentration problems - see also causes of concentration difficulty Pregnancy - some level of forgetfulness is common in pregnant women. New mother - adjusting to a new baby also commonly leads to forgetfulness (such as from tiredness). General anxiety Grieving Heres is the link telling you all you want know: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/forgetfulness.htm
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
14 May 07
Well thank you for the link. I was going to go check it out but I was afraid I was going to forget what I wanted to say to you. Right off the top we can cross of pregnancy (never gonna happen) and new mother (never gonna happen). Tiredness, nope not tired. Concentration, nope I can concentrate no issue. Grieving, no not really. General anxiety, now that one is completely possible. I never really put two and two together (or I might have but I forgot-lol) mahmah
@mahmah (436)
• United States
14 May 07
whiteheather...I just had to add that I went and read the article you linked me to and it was rather informative. I forgot (lol) that they say that depression causes short term memory loss. Thank you for pointing me in that direction. :) mahmah
@munhozmib (3837)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
13 May 07
I don't suffer from that. That might be a serious problem, forgeting such minor things! Imagine if you have to do something important, then! Well, my advice is that you go look for a doctor. I'm pretty sure he'll help you, and a lot. He might tell you what is your problem, and give you something to heal it.
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
14 May 07
I am pretty sure the only thing a doctor will tell me is that I need medication or to take a vitamin. I don't really think that anything is too serious. As I said I am only 32. Not everyone's memory is perfect. Oh well...mahmah
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@munhozmib (3837)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
14 May 07
He might also give you advices on about how to keep things in your memory, you know?
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@Gemmygirl1 (2868)
• Australia
14 May 07
I'm only 25 & i am very similar - i have had this memory thing since an accident when i was 16 so i've had it for the past 9 years. I haven't found anything that helps with remembering but writing the notes is easy enough & i guess if they help then stick with them. I haven't found anything that helps with getting your memory back so if you find something, give me a yell :) I'd continue with the post it notes, they're just a lot easier!
@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
Yeah the post it notes are very helpful as long as I remember to make a note before I forget. LOL. I am sure that your memory issues then are related to your accident. Those kinds of memory issues tend to be harder to "heal". If I hear of any good tips that I find that work I will pass them on to you. Have you tried Vitamin B12 or Gingko Biloba? Or any mental exercises. Or even deep breathing (I have been told that deep breathing oxygenates the blood which helps in the memory department).
@theone3nu (598)
• India
14 May 07
We are at the same age. Sometimes i do forget some things that i needed to do. But maybe not that much. I make notes also to make sure that nothing is forgotten. When i went back to school (there were lots of things to memorize), i took vitamin B12. I actually did good in memorizing the lessons. I am not sure though if it is because of the pill or purely psychological. Try taking, vitamin B12. It was actually my sister (a student) who told me about that vitamins. She said it has good effects on her memory.
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
I have been taking vitamin B12 since I had surgery on my knee (about a year now). Vitamin B12 is also good for circulation and it has stopped the annoying aching feeling in both my knees. My memory on the other hand is still the same. Maybe I am not taking enough. ;)
@jhartana (1085)
• Australia
14 May 07
Yes I have short memory. I'll be 31 years old however I started to have short term memory since I was 25 years old. I am now too scare that I will lose more memory as I get older. I also always forgotten to do something, I used to remember what to do when I was younger but things forgotten quite easily right now. I have already taken treatment, I drink a tablet of ginkgo biloba to improve memory.
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
And in your experience has the ginkgo biloba helped you and your short term memory issues??
@Rohit20 (327)
• India
14 May 07
I give you an advice that will prove out to be penacea to you.Trust my words and that's how its very simple trick........... Do deepbreathing early in the morning in greenry.Do it relexingly keeping your worries away.Oxygenated blood supply to the blood vessels of brain make brain cells and tissues work to their fullest efficiency.Do as much as your body allows and gradually increase the duration .One is bound to receive fantastic results.
@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
Thank you for the advice and I will be sure to try it out. Oxygenated blood is definitely the key. :)
@subha12 (18443)
• India
14 May 07
everybody says its amazing. believe me i am not joking. I generally remember many events with date also. i can remeber my trip to a beach at age of 2. I am like that only. In day to day life my parents take my help when they need to verify something.
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
I too do not have trouble remembering dates and places that are stored in my long term memory. It is the short term memory I have problems with, and it is normally the smaller items that I forget. I can remember phone numbers and directions but why I went into the kitchen is beyond me. LOL
@Norstar (694)
• India
14 May 07
I guess it is that way with some people. Thank God, you remembered to post this problem at myLot. Did you try recalling things? It helps at times but you need lot of patience with it. It is like this: you forget something, say mane of someone you just happen to see. If such a thing happens, just try to recall his/ her name. Just keep on trying without getting anxious, angry, or frustrated. Keep on trying and sometimes you would be able to recall the name. Feel happy about the fact that you could recall the name. Try this kind of thing and see if it helps. but do not expect to improve your memory overnight.
@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
Yeah, I try not to get aggravated. It really isn't important things like names or numbers that I have a problem with. It is the little things. Like today, I needed to make a phone call, I would be outside on break and say I need to make a phone call, I got back to my desk and couldn't remember what I needed to do. A few hours later I went back out to break and remembered that I needed to make a phone call, by the time I got back to my desk (less than 10 minutes) I had forgotten again. So a phone call that I wanted to make at 8 am wasn't made until my lunch break at 1:30 when I finally remembered to remember. LOL
@nandans (1160)
• India
14 May 07
Try to concentrate and do Yoga's.. You will gain your memory..
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
I do need to work on my concentration that is for sure. Good thing I can type as fast as my mind works (or is it the other way around-I can't remember)
@Gorgeous24 (1091)
• United States
14 May 07
I too often find myself losing my memory..im only 24 but my mind is sometimes on another planet so to speak. The other I was makin ice tea and I went to put the pitcher in the refrigerator but I ended up trying to put it in the cabinet. It took me acouple seconds to realize what I was doing. It was funny but what was I thinkin?? My whole mind was gone for acouple seconds but when i did realize what i had did..I laughed because I was thinkin what if my boyfriend found a whole pitcher of fresh ice tea in the cabinet..he would definitly tease me. LOL
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
LOL. I have made a bowl of cereal before and put the milk in the cabinet and the cereal into the fridge and went on my merry way to eat my cereal. My boyfriend at the time happened to go in the fridge for a soda and found the cereal. To this day he still teases me about this (this was 14 years ago-lol)
@Macthedj (630)
14 May 07
I am 32 also and I had a really good answer for you but i forgot what i was going to say, infact who are you? Who am I ? Where am I? lol
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
LOL. That is how I feel a lot of the time. I will try to help you out here (LOL): 1. I am mahmah, the person asking a question (that I don't remember) 2. You are macthedj, the person trying to respond to a discussion I started, that neither of us can remember. 3. Where are you? On the planet earth (I hope). :) mahmah
@sierdij (853)
• Philippines
14 May 07
I think i have some memory problems since i gave birth to my little princess almost two years ago. I had some kind of memory gap lol.Yeah, but yet its not that delicate. As you know, i have a over all anethesia and they say that memory loss is one of its causes.But yet, im still thankful that my baby is fine and also me.
@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
Glad to hear that you and your baby are fine and healthy. I tend to be very "skatterbrained" so that might be my problem. ;)
@lingli_78 (12828)
• Australia
14 May 07
i am grateful to God that i have quite a good memory... i can remember my daily routines quite well and i always pray to God to give me health and pour His blessings to me every single day... my hubby has the same problem like you... he has a short term memory and forget things very easily... i try to give him Ginkgo Biloba to help in pumping the blood to his brain so that he can remember things better and it is working quite well with him... so you might want to try that...
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
19 May 07
I have also heard of Ginkgo biloba being good for memory. I will have to go get some of that also. Thank you for the information and if I remember, (LOL) I will be sure to find you and let you know. :)
@xfahctor (14122)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
13 May 07
What was the question again? lol. Seriously, I am a major space case sometimes. I can remember the important things enough. Little things escape me easily though. If you send me to the store, give me a list or your likely to get anything. I think alot of it has not to do with our chronological age but that as we get older, we are involved in more and have more to remember. So we tend to get selective and our brains involuntarily prioritize things. Like a doctors apointment comes much higher on the list than the last minute grocery item on a list. What was the question again? oh yeh, anyway. So those are my thoughts. Merry christmas!
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
17 May 07
Lmao Thank you for the laugh. I needed that. :)
@tammyr (5950)
• Etowah, Tennessee
13 May 07
I forgot what I wanted to say!LOL I used to have an exceptional short term memory. I was a phone book to some of my friends. They would call me to get someones number, because I always remembered them. Now though, I have a lot of trouble remembering things. I remember things if they are old memories better than the newer ones. Walking into a room and forgetting why is the worst, but forgetting how much money I loaned to someone can really create a problem.
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
17 May 07
Ahh a fellow walking phone book. LOL I can always remember how much money I loaned someone. :)
@mkmsam531 (268)
• Philippines
13 May 07
We are at the same age. Sometimes i do forget some things that i needed to do. But maybe not that much. I make notes also to make sure that nothing is forgotten. When i went back to school (there were lots of things to memorize), i took vitamin B12. I actually did good in memorizing the lessons. I am not sure though if it is because of the pill or purely psychological. Try taking, vitamin B12. It was actually my sister (a student) who told me about that vitamins. She said it has good effects on her memory.
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
17 May 07
I am taking college classes this summer (they start next monday) so I will have to go and get some B12. Besides, even if it doesn't help my memory, it isn't going to hurt me. :) Thanks for the tip.
@mamasan34 (6518)
• United States
13 May 07
I am 34 and my memory is terrible. I am the post it note queen. When I had my own office before I got married, I had notes all over my desk to remind me of things. I had a little notebook by the phone to write things down so I didn't forget what was said during the conversation so I wouldn't forget what was requested of me. I am very bad about my memory!
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
17 May 07
Yeah I don't know what I would do without my post it notes. :)
@ESKARENA1 (18291)
13 May 07
well im 45 now and have absolutely no problem remembering events from my early childhood. However, i have real problems when it comes to short term stuff. Psychologists have me believe that as we age our brain needs to be excersised like any other muscle. If we dont do this we lose our mental aqumen and may well suffer from short term memmory problems blessed be
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
14 May 07
I don't have problems with the long term stuff either. It is definitely my short term memory. I know I don't exercise it enough. mahmah
• United States
13 May 07
I'm also 32 and my memory is not great either. I will remember odd, little things, but I occasionally forget if I ate, or took medication, or other important facts. I make a lot of lists to help me remember things. Grocery or shopping lists for when I go to the store, to make sure I don't forget what I need. Lists of what I need to do on a certain day. Lists of what I need to pack before trips. Lists are probably the best way for me to get around my bad memory.
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
14 May 07
I have lists of lists. LOL I have a little pad of paper just about everywhere for my grocery list. I think of things and the time it used to take me to get to the other room to grab a pen, I have forgotten. The only place I don't have a pen and paper is in my car, and I really think I should. LOL mahmah