There can be many reasons why you gradually become aware that you have a bad memory. It may have started quite innocently when you forgot where you put the car keys or you forgot a name. Fortunately increasing memory loss is not inevitable and there are measures you can take to minimize the risks. Firstly though you should try and identify why you are having memory problems. There are some common causes that you are probably aware of like trauma, old age and medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease but there are less well known reasons that might lie at the root of your memory problems.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress is a great challenge to the memory and it is more difficult to learn or retain information when you are feeling tired, stressed angry or fretful. These emotional levers can disrupt the body and the mind. The body is well able to protect itself but it can be overwhelmed if your mind is handling more than it can cope with. You will find that stress and anxiety can overshadow everything else making it well-nigh impossible to retain “minor” information like where you left the house keys or your new colleague’s name.
Whilst healthy stress can be advantageous and a bit of an adrenalin boost, too much of it can make learning more difficult and if your mind is working in overdrive then that little bit more information can mean its just too much to cope with. This is by no means an indicator of dementia more like your brain being in overdrive.