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08 Nov 2006

poor memory
Hi

For years I've always had poor memory. I'm 23 years old. For example, I often do not remember names of songs, people's names, I was in school 5 years ago, but I've forgotten a lot of what I've learnt...eg things I learnt about our body in Biology!

The other day, I was playing the game 30 seconds with friends, and the question was "who is the current president of America"...and even though I know who he is...his name just wouldn't come to mind! I just couldn't remember at the time. Its so frustrating!

People mistake my poor memory for being stupid...and to be honest, even I sometimes feel like I'm so stupid! Even though I know Im not. It really affects my self confidence.

So I've suffered with this for years and desperately need to know what I can do about this. Is there some kind of memory enhancing drug that I could take?

PLEASE help!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

The school curriculum is so poor and not so well taught, so I doubt whether many who graduate can remember much of the details. ut at least it is easier to re-learn such details if and when one needs them. And of course, worrying about one's memory can be counter-productive, as anxiety makes it harder to retrieve the answer you're loking for. Most often, problems with memory arise from poor concentration or poor study technique, and can be helped with some coaching in better methods for studying, indentifying things needing to be remembered, etc.
If you are sure there's good reason to be worried about your memory, then a good general physical checkup would be useful, and some counselling to improve your self-confidence. And NONE of the drugs or remedies you might be offered improve memory at all ; many of them actually cam worsen it
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