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    Old 05-28-2018, 10:03 AM   #1
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    Can depression cause memory loss?

    Has anyone experienced this?

    I am 48 and lately my mind seems foggy. I am very forgetful. More so than in the past.

    I am wondering if this could be an early onset dementia or rather depression.

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    Old 05-29-2018, 04:37 AM   #2
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    Dear kevinla,

    Of course, I can safely say all of us, myself included, experience depression and memory loss. That usually means we need to make some changes and get involved in our own lives, and change our own outlook. Positive minded people have mental and emotional lows, too. I find that visiting with my neighbors keeps my own life in perspective and reminds me that I would rather have my own problems that anyone else's.

    We all have things we have to deal with, no one is exempt. If we concentrate on ourselves we can go down hill fast due to depression. Depression is a state of mind. Spacing out makes us forget things. We can choose what we dwell on and eat and we need to make wise choices. We can eat and drink appropriately and we can get involved with our own lives and help our own selves. It is in fact our job to take care of ourselves. This gives us our best chance in life and improves our relationships with others.

    What we eat or drink can cause depression, esp. alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners, even caffeine can give an artificial boost that results in a down feeling when it wears off.

    Being physically inactive and out of shape or health problems can cause depression, and depression leads to not paying attention to our health and well-being, which causes deeper depression. My suggestion is that you first get out in the sunlight and walk. If you are housebound sit in the sunshine. Get an appropriate pet that you can afford to care for. Call a friend and ask how he is doing (that can help us see we aren't so bad off). Just telling you those things reminds me to do them, myself. It's all to easy to get stuck on our own selves.

    Another thing, most importantly we need to learn to laugh at ourselves and not take our own selves so seriously. I'm about to turn 69. I wasted my youth worrying over what others might think of me rather than to get involved with activities I enjoyed and the people I loved. Life is lived best when we don't make it so much all about our own selves. It helps to get out in the sunshine even if you just sit in a park. A dog park is a great place to relax and watch the dogs be happy. Get out and do what you can while you still can.
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    Old 05-29-2018, 05:43 PM   #3
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    Re: Depression and memory loss

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    To clarify I am asking if depression can cause memory loss.

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    Old 05-29-2018, 11:08 PM   #4
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    Dear kevin,

    To clarify, yes.

    Which is why I made suggestions on how to face the facts in your life and deal with your depression.
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