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Can stress and anxiety cause forgetfulness?

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Dr. Soujanya


Practicing since :2008

Answered : 611 Questions

Posted on Fri, 24 Aug 2018 in Mental Health
Question: I'm 24 and I've been having trouble remembering things for about a month. like I forget that I have to go somewhere or I can't think of words for things.Can stress and anxiety cause forgetfulness?
Answered by Dr. Soujanya 33 minutes later
Brief Answer:
It could be due to anxiety or depression

Detailed Answer:


I have gone through your query in detail and understand your concern towards your memory problems.

But memory problems are very uncommon at this age with out any significant history like head injury.

so, I could suspect depressive or anxiety symptoms or any stress that make you forget things.

please provide some more details about your symptoms like sad mood, sleep problems, or any anxiety symptoms like sweating, palpitations, nervousness etc, if any.

If any of these are present, it can be treated by antidepressants like SSRI drugs that is ESCITALOPRAM.

Hope I have answered your query.
Let me know if I can assist you further.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
Follow up: Dr. Soujanya 34 hours later
Ive been having some sleep issues and there are definitely days where I feel sad but I just thought it was normal.
Answered by Dr. Soujanya 18 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes, so it could be due to depression

Detailed Answer:

I understood that you might have either depressive or anxiety symptoms.

So, now it is clear that you have depressive symptoms .

Now, you can start on ESCITALOPRAM for depressive symptoms and CLONAZEPAM in the night to regulate your sleep.

Take Care!

Dr. Soujanya,
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