Mmm been thinking. Yip I do to much of this but…. Recent events having me curious. To why or should I say how my brain works.

Thing is I have a really bad memory when it comes to peoples names (my girl had two teachers last year. Still can’t remember there first names and get there surnames mixed up), spelling, maths, street names, address, birthdays etc all gone as quick as lightening.

But then I can remember the tiniest little details about what someone said or did years before. Weather it be good or bad. Especially when it comes to him. I remember things that even puzzle me. Old friendships, past events, I can pin point everything.

I find it so odd that one one side I have a massive memory on the other is like nothing sticks


26 thoughts on “Memory

  1. Causes of Memory Loss

    Here are some of the more common things that can cause memory loss:

    Medications. A number of prescription and over-the-counter medications can interfere with or cause loss of memory. Possible culprits include: antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and pain medications given after surgery.

    Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use. Excessive alcohol use has long been recognized as a cause of memory loss.

    Smoking harms memory by reducing the amount of oxygen that gets to the brain. Studies have shown that people who smoke find it more difficult to put faces with names than do nonsmokers. Illicit drugs can change chemicals in the brain that can make it hard to recall memories.

    Sleep deprivation. Both quantity and quality of sleep are important to memory. Getting too little sleep or waking frequently in the night can lead to fatigue, which interferes with the ability to consolidate and retrieve information.

    Depression and stress. Being depressed can make it difficult to pay attention and focus, which can affect memory. Stress and anxiety can also get in the way of concentration. When you are tense and your mind is overstimulated or distracted, your ability to remember can suffer. Stress caused by an emotional trauma can also lead to memory loss.

    Nutritional deficiency. Good nutrition — including high-quality proteins and fats — is important to proper brain function. Deficiencies in vitamin B1 and B12 specifically can affect memory.

    Head injury. A severe hit to the head — from a fall or automobile accident, for example — can injure the brain and cause both short- and long-term memory loss. Memory may gradually improve over time.

    Stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is stopped due to the blockage of a blood vessel to the brain or leakage of a vessel into the brain. Strokes often cause short-term memory loss. A person who has had a stroke may have vivid memories of childhood events but be unable to recall what he or she had for lunch.

    Dementia. Dementia is the name for progressive loss of memory and other aspects of thinking that are severe enough to interfere with the ability to function in daily activities. Although there are many causes of dementia — including blood vessel disease, drug or alcohol abuse, or other causes of damage to the brain — the most common and familiar is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by a progressive loss of brain cells and other irregularities of the brain.

    Other causes. Other possible causes of memory loss include an underactive or overactive thyroid gland and infections such as HIV, tuberculosis, and syphilis that affect the brain.

    Finding the Cause of Memory Loss

    If you find that you are increasingly forgetful or if memory problems interfere with your daily life, schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine the cause and best treatment.

    To evaluate memory loss, your doctor will take a medical history, perform a physical exam — including a neurologic exam — and ask questions to test mental ability. Depending on the results, further evaluation may include blood and urine tests, nerve tests, and imaging tests of the brain such as computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
    Memory Loss Treatment

    Treatment for memory loss depends on the cause. In many cases, it may be reversible with treatment. For example, memory loss from medications may resolve with a change in medication. Nutritional supplements can be useful against memory loss caused by a nutritional deficiency. And treating depression may be helpful for memory when depression is a factor. In some cases — such as following a stroke — therapy may help people remember how to do certain tasks such as walking or tying shoes. In others, memory may improve over time.

    Treatments may also be specific to conditions related to memory loss. For example, drugs are available to treat memory problems related to Alzheimer’s disease, and drugs to help lower blood pressure can help reduce risk of more brain damage from dementia related to high blood pressure.

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  2. Thanks for visiting my blog. This entry sounds a lot like my husband and son, who are very “right brained”. Their short term memory isn’t very good. Numbers, names, address, directions, organization in general are challenges for them (and reading). And my son will bring up some little detail about something that happened when he was 3 or 4 (he’s 12). I bet you are huge on the creative scale, and think outside the box when it comes to problem solving. I use photography too, to help me feel better. Been trying to get outside and take photos nearly every day lately. If you want to see any, check out Curwen Creations on Facebook (you don’t need to have an account).

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  3. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Much appreciated. πŸ™‚

    As a retired Sp. ED. teacher, I would not say you have a bad memory. Your memory patterns connect ideas, people & things in a distinctive way. I noticed that some individuals who had trouble with rote learning in a school setting often remembered information in certain types of context. For example, some people have a spacial memory. They can find things in a mess because it is their mess. Pile it neatly and they’ve lost it. Others connect information to a narrative, be it a joke or an event or situation. They have trouble accessing a piece of information without it being part of a larger piece of information. The face & the name only makes a connection in a certain situation. Now where did I put that keyboard,…….

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  4. IDK if your memory is one-sided or not. I think you only remember things that are important to you, perhaps. You should really work on remembering street names and peoples’ names though, I mean those are really freaking important lol. I think you should definitely go to a specialist and ask for help. They’ll probably give you some exercises. If you don’t want that, there are a bunch of apps that help you improve your memory. For example, “FitBrains” for iPhone. It might even have an online version. I think it could help you with your problem. It’s helped me too with my short-term memory etc. Best of luck to you. xoxo

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