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Memory Problems - April 28th 2016, 08:40 AM

This is not really a serious issue. I've figured out ways to cope with it.

I have memory problems. The kind of memory problems which noticeably often make it difficult for me to even recall the 12 months of the year.

I was just wondering if anyone has the same?

The pattern I notice with myself is that my mind has a habit of "purging" useless information from my memory. I do not understand how this works yet, and why this happens. On the other hand, my visual memory has always been through the roof though instead.

Why do I forget the 12 months of the year? Because I almost never use them. I tend to just use numerical dates. Microsoft Word autofills dates for me, etc. And gradually I just forget them. I have more trouble remembering months onwards from July, because most people I know have birthdays in the 1st half of the year.

Anyone else have something like this, or knows more about it than I do? It is sometimes slightly embarrassing for me when in some situations I can't remember a month. Then sometimes I just pretend I don't speak the language and that I'm learning it. lol. I'm quite good at that by now.

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Re: Memory Problems - April 28th 2016, 01:34 PM

You ain't alone on this BDF I have the exact same type of problem, well I wouldn't call it a problem anymore because I make it work. My mind works in the way of repetition when it comes to non visual memory, for me to remember mundane things I literally have to force myself to memorize them, unless those things are super important or its something I use every single day my mind will just throw the useless information out the window which leads to me being very forgetful. However visually wise I have never forgotten the face of any person I have seen my whole life, and would recognizer them instantly by facial and body features alone. This is because I am a visual learner, or I learn by seeing instead of other forms of learning, and therefore I remember better when I see it. My thinking is your a visual learner too because if you think about it its not very often that one visually sees the months written down, at least enough to remember them.

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Re: Memory Problems - April 28th 2016, 04:10 PM

In my last psychbio class last year, we learnt about memory and basically, when you form a new memory or learn something, a connection is made between two synapses in your head right? But it's really weak. And when you revise, or remember that event or memory or whatever, the connection is strengthened. And this happens every time you think about it or revise or remember. If you don't think about it, you forget it, the connection gets weaker and weaker and weaker.

It's in your brain's interest to only remember things that are important to you, to your survival, otherwise you'd remember everything, even the unimportant things. And it's not beneficial to our survival to remember tiny little unimportant things

I hope that makes sense and is semi accurate...you're not alone basically. Things that aren't important we tend to forget. I've probably forgotten crucial elements but whatever, the exam was a year ago

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Re: Memory Problems - April 30th 2016, 05:19 AM

If you're on any psych medications most of then cause memory problems, even if it's not listed in the side effects. My psychiatrist told me that. Mostly because for the longest time I thought I was still having memory problems from ECT, but nope just meds.

If you're not on any psych meds or any other meds that effect mental function and cognition then Kindred's explanation is also correct. I only mentioned that because psych meds and others tend to compromise the brain's functionality. For better and for worse unfortunately.

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