Many people who have been treated for depression have reported memory problems such as forgetfulness or confusion. Researchers have discovered that people with depression couldn’t identify objects on a screen that were identical or similar to ones on previous screens. This meaning that depression can affect someone’s short term memory.
To determine if your forgetfulness is related to depression, or something else see your doctor for a physical and cognitive exam. Here are some of the of the questions that may be asked:
Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist or order blood tests and brain imaging to identify the cause of your memory loss. The good news is if your memory loss is found to be from depression there are plenty of treatments available to improve both problems. Here are a few lifestyle adjustments that will aid in recovery:
There are many resources available, do your research first and see your healthcare provider to rule out other causes of memory loss and get treatment.