Need advice about remembering things (memory)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Crawn2003, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. Crawn2003 macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2005
    Santa Rosa, California
    I've been noticing lately that I'm having problems with my memory.

    I can't remember things that happened two days ago 100%. I might remember most of it but certain things just don't come back to me. I also might be having a conversation with someone and I'll just stop because I can't remember what I was saying. And before anyone else says it's normal to do this, I'm talking about 4-5 times a day I do this.

    I hate that feeling like I can't remember something that happened 30 minutes ago! And the worst part is that it happens constantly!

    I need advice, is this something possibly serious enough to see a doctor about or, lol, is it all in my head?


    P.S. Please keep serious answers. I can already imagine the amount of smart replies that can come up...
  2. MacHipster macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    If you think it's serious enough to post a thread over, then by all means go see a professional.
  3. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Do you get enough sleep? Sleep deprivation can affect your short term memory.
  4. Crawn2003 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2005
    Santa Rosa, California
    I believe I do. I get around 7-8 a night.

  5. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    Also nutrition plays a huge role.

    I noticed that when I tried to save a few bucks and eat a typical student diet my memory and problem solving abilities suffered, when I decided to eat healthy, with plenty of fresh food and cutting back on processed, sugar and preservative laden crap - I felt better and was able to focus on my studies.

    For memory it also depends on what stimulates you most and try to connect memories and facts to the stimuli.
    Some people are very visual, others aural or physical.
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    exercise also helps alot too

    but for me, i find if i dont care about a topic, i wont remember it.
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Your particular body may need 9 or more.
    Try it for a while -- change your schedule for 9 hours of sleep and see if it makes a difference.

    Stress and pressure can do it too -- do you have anything hanging over you?

    And see the doc & eat better too - those are both good suggestions.
  8. OnlyMarcusCannn macrumors regular

    May 19, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    I read somewhere that not keeping the brain "exercised" can result in memory loss. Try reading and doing some puzzles or something like that. Also, try eating healthier. Foods like salmon and nuts are said to be memory boosters. :)
  9. PowerFullMac macrumors 601


    Oct 16, 2006
    Same here!

    The teacher said what? I was busy thinking of how to run Leopard on my G3! :D
  10. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    mind exercises have worked great for me - and trains your mind to work better and more efficiently. Kind of like doing situps give you ABS, so to speak.

    I've found that playing chess has greatly increased my memory. I'm not into like I was, but following several weeks of studying chess (as a hobby, actually, but studying it nonetheless) I could read a 10-digit number once and recall it two weeks later.

    Play chess - it sharpens your analytical process, greatly improves your memory whilst forcing you to adapt your memory to fit the situation.
  11. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I'm not a doctor, but I do write a psychology blog, and even if this is "all in your head" you should probably still get some professional help. Your doctor might be the best place to start, but ultimately you'll probably be directed to a psychiatrist or a neurologist.

    I found a not-so-great memory test on Psychology Today. It might at least give you a sense of how bad your problem is relative to others.
  12. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Stress, Pressure and general exhaustion are all factors in memory lose, but more importantly as CanadaRAM Said see a doctor, if your posting here it must be causing you some level of concern,

    Personally as a shift worker, I work 12 hour shifts & find i get very tired and remembering things can be hard, i think it's the bodys way of shouting 'GET SOME SLEEP', But i do find a good sleep really changes things when my shifts are finished, but i find the best sleep is through the day when the house is empty and at it's quietest.

    hope all turns out well ;)
  13. letsgorangers macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2006
    I took a seizure medication for a few weeks and it had this effect on me. I literally couldn't pull the simplest words from my memory. I once described a robe ("you know, that thing you put on after a shower!") because I couldn't retrieve the word! The stuff I took was nicknamed Dope-amax. I stopped taking it 8 or 9 months ago, and sometimes I still find myself searching for words in the middle of a conversation.

    I think wordmunger is right about seeing a doc. There could be something neurological going on there.

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