Short term memory has declined. Looking for ways to fix it.
December 16, 2012 8:40 AM Subscribe
In the past two years my short-term memory has gotten terrible. I forget where I put items, I forget names which I wouldn't have in the past, and I am not good at all in keeping short lists in mind. I have searched for solutions but have found no real answers.
posted by Lugos to health & fitness (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The backstory may be a bit and drawn out and rambling -- so my apologies in advance.
I was diagnosed with OCD about 6 years ago. I have been under treatment for that and related anxiety/depression which it eventually evolved into. Overall I have made decent progress, but now something new is emerging. I am not sure if it is due to continued medication use (zoloft) or an entirely different cause.
In the past 1-1.5 years my short term memory has gotten terrible. I forget where I put items, I forget names which I wouldn't have in the past, and I am not good at all in keeping short lists in mind. For instance, I would forget to pick up an envelope off my desk, but I would remember my intent to do it once I got prompted later. I have mentioned this fact to my psychiatrist numerous times without much regard given by him (I can't emphasize this enough. Usually he would be the first and final point of contact in matters like this). I have been told that this is nothing to worry about, and to write things down to remember them. I inquired about the possibility of the medication causing this, and I was told numerous times that it was not that likely.
In the past I used to have, what I considered, an airtight memory. I would rarely misplace items, I could memorize short grocery lists and I also was able to keep an extensive mental to-do list. I was very good with recalling specific details about events or people. Now its different. I feel like a different person at times, almost approaching a blank slate.
The only other factor I can come up with is changes in my life. I have graduated from a small college in the past year, and taken a job (with a lot of short term stress) that didn't require a degree to begin with. I also have given up a lot of my outside interests and activities to stay at this job. It is sad to say, but since graduating I really have done little else but work at this completely out-of-field, hourly job. My days off honestly do not accumulate to me accomplishing much.
Within the past two years, I also was on a low carb diet, where I lost weight, but seemed to be around a time where I encountered a lot of stresses and anxiety. At the time, this seemed to set off some slight memory issues (could be correlated, or unrelated). Since that time, I have noticed sensitivities to certain foods, almost approaching IBD.
I am really at a loss at where to turn next. I don't see any obvious causes to this (I dont drink/smoke/do drugs, but I do love coffee). I am not sure if this could be due to a chemical deficiency/imbalance or just the effects of stress/depression, and loss of interest in outside activities.
I am searching for a way to get my old short-term memory back, and thus far I have come up with nothing. It is almost like I lost a portion of my self.