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We All Forget

Forgetfulness is something that affects most of us, from time to time. Namely, a piece of information may slip our mind or we might not remember to do something we planned earlier. However, this is normal, provided that it does not happen too often.

As we grow old, certain changes take place in our brain. Then, the fact that we might not remember some places or people is to be expected. However, if the forgetfulness is persistent, especially when we are younger, there is a great chance that we are suffering from some kind of an underlying health problem.

Why Do We Forget?

Firstly, as it was mentioned above, aging is a possible trigger of forgetfulness. Secondly, we might spend more time concentrated on our thoughts and our inner world than on the world and events outside our mind. Our worries and personal obsessions may sometimes divert us from the reality.

Nevertheless, there are medical conditions which may be the main reason behind forgetfulness in some cases. Depression is one of the most common causes, when it comes to health problems. Depression makes us detached from the world around us, making us stay trapped inside our negative and pessimistic mind. This lingering in the past may be enough for a person to forget things from the present, or, simply, to be unable to remember new things due to lack of concentration.

Stress is another cause on the list. Namely, in today's hectic world, we are all exposed to excessive amounts of stress. This can easily trigger forgetfulness due to the overload of our mind as well as the anxiety and worries we feel. Young people may be severely affected by stress, especially if they have just started facing the reality, full of worries about their careers and the competition which may make their happy lives impossible. All these factors easily trigger forgetfulness since people get lost in the negative feelings around them and inside of their mind, pressured by them. 

Menopause is a time of forgetfulness, when it comes to women. During this period, stress, hormonal changes, concentration problems, weakness, anxiety and many other issues affect their lives, making it hard for women to remember certain information around them.

Sometimes, your lifestyle may be enough. People who consume alcohol are often likely to forget more than those who do not. The same goes for drug addicts.

Finally, people with thyroid problems and those who suffer from Alzheimer's both can be quite forgetful. Gland problems lead to confusion and inability to remember while Alzheimer's usually progresses to dementia, loss of cognitive and language abilities and, eventually, death.

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