Our expert says:
This is obviously distressing, and is most commonly caused by anxiety and stress --- and is not so much a matter of forgetting something that has passed into memory, as in failing to concentrate enough to register it in memory in the first place. The shopping example is a good one --- you were running on autopilot and expected, as usual, to have gone there by car, and looked for it, as would usually be entirely routine, before remembering that there was a more unusual situation that day and you had been dropped off instead.
Its really unlikely to be Alzheimers or something of that sort, but to reassure yourself and be more sure, it'd be a good idea to see at least a really good GP, maybe a good general physicial for a comprehensive check-up. The home situation you describe could of course be adding to the general degree of stress ( as does Eskom and assorted other plagues. Maybe marriage counselling could be a wise move ?
And if you need more assistance a psychiatrist might be a good bet if there are physical elements identified by the physician ( as psychiatrists have medical treaining too ) , otherwise a psychologist would be better abole to provide counselling
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