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I'm 20 years old, my short-term memory is terrible!!!

Posted In: Sleep disorders 69 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 11, 2006
  • 06:01 AM

If somebody were to ask me what I did yesterday, I would have to think very very hard. It's easier for me to remember what I did last night and then work backwards towards morning. Or if somebody refers to something that happend the other day I can't even remember what day that happend, or right when i'm about to say something I forget right when I'm about to say it. My mom goes through the same thing but she's 50! I'm twenty years old and I don't think this is normal. I'm a college student, very studious with a 3.5 gpa. Is there a vitamin I can take? Or should I go see a doctor. Somebody told me its because I drink too much diet coke and the aspartame (artificial sweetner in diet drinks) is what affect my short-term memory capacity.
Should I really be woried? Lay off the diet coke? see a doctor?

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  • what did you say?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 9, 2007
    • 07:39 PM
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  • If somebody were to ask me what I did yesterday, I would have to think very very hard. It's easier for me to remember what I did last night and then work backwards towards morning. Or if somebody refers to something that happend the other day I can't even remember what day that happend, or right when i'm about to say something I forget right when I'm about to say it. My mom goes through the same thing but she's 50! I'm twenty years old and I don't think this is normal. I'm a college student, very studious with a 3.5 gpa. Is there a vitamin I can take? Or should I go see a doctor. Somebody told me its because I drink too much diet coke and the aspartame (artificial sweetner in diet drinks) is what affect my short-term memory capacity. Should I really be woried? Lay off the diet coke? see a doctor?Aspartame = brain tumorsIt was not supposed to be legal to produced aspartame in liquid form ( sugar free soda). Thanks Rumsfeld for that one.Take all the B's especially B-12.http://www.beyondhealth.com/Articles/aspartame.htm
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 9, 2007
    • 07:51 PM
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  • If I were you, I'd go see a doctor. It may not be anything serious but I'd get it double-checked. I highly doubt it has to do with Diet Coke. My mother and many others I know, including a doctor, drink a lot of it and don't have a problem. Just my opinion. Let us know how you're doing.God Bless.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 12, 2007
    • 04:39 PM
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  • diet coke?? ha! not likely. check into what your sleep is like. if enough sleep is INTERRUPTED or you LOSE SLEEP ENTIRELY too much at night, THIS can give you bad short-term memory loss!! ive been there.... just so you know....good sleep hygiene is needed to rule-out that sleep is the cause. good sleep hygiene includes: at age 20, its a medical fact a person needs more than 8 hours sleep daily- try 10!!; dont skimp on getting all 10 hours or you'll suffer as you have been (or worse!), sleep in a dark & quite place & with a good temperature. i mention this sleep thing because so MANY PEOPLE skip hours every night STUDYING (like i used to), going out with friends, etc. if you're NOT skipping hours studying late, staying out, etc., then check into a SLEEP INTERRUPTION- this could be from all sorts of things, like: 1)a sleep disorder can cause "interruptions" & you wont even be aware its occurring!!; 2)chronic problems with loud neighbors who INSIST on being loud when you're trying to sleep; 3)any other medical conditions can mess up sleep, like a bladder infection can rob you of enough sleep that your memory cuts out!! check into this. diet coke ISNT it.
    dudbubbin1 37 Replies
    • January 18, 2007
    • 05:26 AM
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  • i have the same problem and i'm 21could be sleep...i've been averaging less than 6 for the past month
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 11:21 PM
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  • An overnight sleep study is in order. A person can get plenty of hours of sleep without getting the right amount of each of the stages of sleep needed to restore the body and brain. The brain is thought to process information during sleep much like a computer defrags, compartmentalizing things for easy retrieval. If you don't get enough of the stage of sleep where that happens, retrieval of memories and thought processing may become hindered.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 11:32 AM
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  • I've had the same problem my entire life and I'm 23. Mine has nothing to do with sleep I can assure you. I have never sought medical advice about it but after reading up on it a little I think I might consider...Hope there is something that can help, people get so frustrated with me because I don't remember things!
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  • I've had the same problem my entire life and I'm 23. Mine has nothing to do with sleep I can assure you.Well, the fact that you posted your question on the sleep disorders board seems to say that you at least suspect a sleeping problem. Have you talked to a doctor about it? The specialist you want will be either a neurologist or an ENT (ear-nose-throat), since some sleep problems such as apnea are caused by breathing difficulties.
    AmateurHistorian 74 Replies Flag this Response
  • HI, I am 22 and I have the same problem! Did you see a doctor???? I can not remember the simplest things. People get frustrated with me and I get even more frusterated with myself. Let me know if you found anything out. Thanks.
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  • I had this problem for a long time...probably since the age of about 13 or 14. I then started experiencing derealization.....this was REALLY slow on the onset...I didn't even notice it until I one day woke up and sat there for a few hours staring at a wall....thinking about how fake I feel and how much I couldn't remember. At about 20 it became so bad that I could be in the middle of a conversation with someone and think to myself "What are we talking about!?"....of course I just nodded my head and kept answering vaguely as though I knew what was going on. At 22 I checked into the family history and there were severe cases of schizophrenia and MPD on both sides....so I checked it out. Sure enough I have at LEAST schizotypal....I actually have an appointment in a few days with a specialist.You may want to check into other things....I doubt it can't be fixed whatever it is. Aspartame does NOT cause tumors, and there has never been a proven case that it does btw...just to make sure no one scared you. Dyslexia, schizo-types, lack of sleep are the main causes for this type of memory loss.... You may also want to cut back on caffeine drinks and similar....they do weird stuff to your memory and cognitive function when you're coming down from them.
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  • Since you say your mother has similar problems... Have you considered ADD?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 07:01 AM
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  • Hello... I was searching this memory problem on google since i have the same issue i keep forgeting minor things which make me angry because straight after my memory blanks out i badly want to know what i was thinking about....anyway this used to happen to me when i used to smoke weed occasionally I accepted it as a side affect but i haven't touched it for quite a while and the memory loss was gone. Now however it is starting to annoy me especially when i am working on assignments for University I tend to forget ideas that come into my mind its really annoying don't know what to do about it am 21 by the way I might have to consider visiting my GP.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 3, 2008
    • 03:09 AM
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  • Hello... I was searching this memory problem on google since i have the same issue i keep forgeting minor things which make me angry because straight after my memory blanks out i badly want to know what i was thinking about....anyway this used to happen to me when i used to smoke weed occasionally I accepted it as a side affect but i haven't touched it for quite a while and the memory loss was gone. Now however it is starting to annoy me especially when i am working on assignments for University I tend to forget ideas that come into my mind its really annoying don't know what to do about it am 21 by the way I might have to consider visiting my GP. Marijuana usage during adolescence does effect cognitive function especially when it comes to the ability to focus and attention. Long term effects of marijuana usage and whether or not the brain fully recovers are still unknown... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081014111156.htm Start practicing ur memorization. Play memory games, do brain teasers, etc.
    medstudent55 7 Replies
    • November 7, 2008
    • 05:11 PM
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  • I have this problem as well, it concerned me too, I did go to the doctor about it. analyze your stress and anxiety level as well as your sleep patterns all of these factors work together. ...hope this helps , good luck
    heidi1106 3 Replies
    • December 26, 2008
    • 03:51 AM
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  • well, i have the same problem. i'm 22 and in grad school. this is why these issues are so frustrating lately, because my schoolwork is very intense. i can't recall everyday things. the worst i've noticed is that i can't remember ANY details of movies I've seen recently, books I've read, etc. i have trouble remembering what I ate for lunch the day before or the clothes i wear. i have no idea what the problem is. i don't feel depressed and have never noticed any sleep issues. it sounds like we're getting a lot of ppl experiencing the same thing on this thread with no real answers. maybe we should all just see a doctor. that's my next move, i think. good luck to all in figuring this out. i know it sucks.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 4, 2009
    • 06:11 AM
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  • I'm on the same boat as the rest of you, im a 23 year old male. For some reason I've always had a lower memory than everyone else, especially in school. But nowadays its like I only remember certain bands/movies celeberties... Some people say it's selective hearing/memoralizing, others say it's the drugs > mary jane... Anyway I can remmeber alot about certain things that "interest" me. But when it comes to something like math, or something that I have no care for what so ever, I have the hardest time remembering. I agree to the last comment that people want to ask a doctor but the biggest thing is what if there is something wrong. I agree with the other person that said everyone should ask their docter. Can't hurt.
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  • hi......im 21 yrs old and i have suffered from memory loss for as far back as i can remember... but i think its getting worse. i have always been the one that people get fustrated with...i forget what i want to say...and i just had it in my head, i always loose what was in my hand just a min. ago,and i forget to do something someone just told me to do. i do have ADD and am not on any medication, so i think if i go on meds these little episodes of memory loss will vanish but yesterday......... my dad told me about something he showed me and i had no idea what he was talking about, the rest of my family even told me they saw me look at it and comment, but i still had no idea what they were talking about. now i scared...everybody thinks im crazy and they keep telling how not normal this is for a 21 yr old. if you have any comments or advice. please let me know. thanks.
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  • Hey people, 25 year old here. I've also experienced almost everything everyone has mentioned in previous comments. 1 thing I have been noticing lately though is my vocabulary and spelling skills... I've always been pretty good with words but lately I can never find the right words to express myself in conversation, along with writing/typing..I'm always spelling words wrong that I used to get correct all the time. I also experience memory loss of the likes everyone else had mentioned...its just so frustrating. I guess my stress level is quite high and I'm not getting the best sleep every night but surely there's more to this, ill have to go see 1 of the specialists mentioned earlier.
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  • I don't really know what is going on with my memory but, I'm 23 years old and recently (within the last 6 months) I have been noticing my memory is terrible! I am forgetting simple things. I am also a college student and when I read something, me reading comprehension is that of a 2nd grader, BUT I USED TO BE ABLE TO RECALL anything that I read, even DETAILS and specifics! Now, I can hardly recall a movie I just watched or a book I just read or EVEN a conversation I had with someone. This short-term memory loss is starting to affect my performance in school, work and social life. I used to be very good with names, someone would tell me their name and I would remember it RIGHT AWAY, even if I saw that person 6 months later I would know their name. Just recently I had a job interview and I met the CEO of a company to that of which I was applying. I shook his hand and he told me his name, but by the end of the interview I had NO IDEA what his name was. Right then I knew something was REALLY wrong with my memory because this had NEVER happened before. Also, I can't recall things people say to me, if someone tells me a story ( you know how we women love to gossip) After I left from speaking to that person I will STRUGGLE to remember things that the person said. Also, When someone is talking to me , prior to this sudden memory loss -- I would always be very engaged and actively listening to what they were saying...But NOW I'm finding myself almost, zoned out --- Im hearing what people are saying but Im not LISTENING to them. (Does anyone else know what I'm talking about?) Also, I used to spell words and define words like I was a walking dictionary!!! NOW, I can hardly spell simple words that I used to know how to spell all the time! And I can barely recall definitions to words I used to know before.I dunno WHAT is wrong with me but I used to be smart and since this short-term memory loss trama, I feel stupid. I feel like I'm going crazy!!! Someone please help me find the answer to my problem. Email me: Nicolevowell@yahoo.com
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • hi, i'm 20 and i have the exact problem?i have a doc appointment soon, hope it goes well. i know how it feels, more any one else i get frustrated with myself.
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