Posted by: CK | 2004/11/01


I am a 25 year old male.

I’ve been concerned (for a while now) about my memory ‘loss’. I can’t seem to remember a lot of things – especially from my childhood. Not even vague recollections – just a blank!!! I am not sure if this is due to stress, or a traumatic incident (although I don’t remember any such, or think that anything like that has happened), or whether I just have a ‘lazy’ memory!?

Also, I seem to be ‘losing’ my mathematical/arithmetic/logic abilities! I used to be a straight A student, and excelled particularly in Maths and Physics up until end matric/1st year of university(17/18 years old) (which I failed, I think due to my not remembering anything – this was the first time I started noticing this memory ‘loss’. When it was end-of year exams at university, and I reviewed the work we covered over the year, some of it seemed brand new to me, although I attended all my lectures, and we covered those topics, according to my notes – but I could not remember it at all!).

I now have (sometimes severe) difficulty just putting 2 simple pieces of information together, ‘connecting the dots’ kinda thing! Although, this happens quite randomly.

Also, from what I can remember, I can’t seem to be able to put things in any sort of chronological order – it all just seems like ‘some time in the past’ – no specific year, or time!!!

I am really concerned about this, because (as far as I can remember – which is up to about when I was 16/17 years old) this never used to happen before.

The only reason I can think of is when I started smoking at 17!

Should I be really concerned about this?

Please let me know if you need more details.


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CK, it is definitely something to worry about because what you’re experiencing is not normal. The best would be to see a neurologist ASAP and have it sorted out. Good luck

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Posted by: Cannoneer | 2004/11/02

I too am 25 and have had a similar problem for a while. All through school I excelled at subjects like mathematics and physics- plainly because it has less to do with remembering facts and more with the application of rules, techniques and common sense. I forgot my 17th birthday; I think that had more to do with the fact that I do not pay much attention to dates. I feel as if I have almost no short-term memory. I find myself forgetting certain words middle of sentences. I it takes a lot of work remember anything, but some memories– when sparked up are as vivid as if they had just happened. I am also unable to remember names- the other day I saw an ex-girlfriend; we had been together for several years and at that instant I could not remember her name. What I have found is that I am able to remember most details if I make some sort of note. I write everything down during my workday and file the books for reference- that is rather difficult when I am out of the office. I am also thinking of keeping a diary it should help.

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