Depression Can Cause Memory Loss and Difficulty Concentrating


I think a lot of people don’t realize that
one of the symptoms of depression can be difficulty with memory and concentration. So it’s not
uncommon to see individuals who come to me and say, you know what I’m not remembering
things, I’m forgetting appointments, I’m getting behind on my bills, I’m having a harder time,
you know, multitasking and and doing things that were once really easy for me. And then
they come in, they do the testing and they do great in this one-on-one kind of quiet
and structured environment. And when I talk to them a little bit more I find out that
they’ve got a lot going on, maybe they’re going through a divorce, they have they’re
a single parent, they’ve recently started taking classes part time and they’re not sleeping
well, they’re not eating well, they’re they’re feeling more irritable, they’re tearful and
so they have these symptoms of depression, which like I said can cause or at least exacerbate
difficulties with concentration and memory. So sometimes my role is to say, hey good news,
you know, this is not a dementia process. This is depression and we can treat this and
this is what we’re going to do about it.

5 thoughts on “Depression Can Cause Memory Loss and Difficulty Concentrating

  1. I've seen that even when depressed patients are feeling better, the cognitive capacities are the slowest to be recovered. What do you suggest/what exercice do you suggest to improve them?

  2. I could say something then 5 seconds later I forget, and my mum just calls me stupid for it. She tells me how lazy I am because I don’t want to go outside and I don’t want to eat so I don’t want to tell her because I’m scared she’ll blame me for it

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