Some events, and some names and faces, definitely should be forgotten. Embarrassing moments, things you wish you hadn't said or done, are memories you can relegate to the memory trash bin. Purposely forgetting is one thing, and we all try to do it on occasion. But on those occasions when memory simply fails you -- when you truly don't remember a name, a job assignment slips your mind, you forget a doctor's appointment -- your forgetfulness can have unpleasant consequences.
Forgetting is normal. We all experience it from time to time. And when it's an occasional problem, that's OK. But when forgetfulness becomes a chronic problem, that indicates that one of two things is happening:
- You're not locking in the information you just received. New information will be lost in seven seconds if you don't lock it in right away.
- You have a physical or mental condition that's preventing you from remembering. For example: Alzheimer's disease, senile dementia, hypoglycemia, severe anemia, depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug abuse, head injury, or severe viral or bacterial illness. Some prescribed medications make remembering a little difficult, too.
Memory is divided into two parts: short-term and long-term. The short-term memory bank holds the memory for only a few seconds, then transfers it to the long-term memory bank. If the transfer doesn't take place, the memory is lost.
Lists, mental images, visual prompts. These all can help you forget your forgetfulness.Sometimes memory problems stem from nutritional deficiencies, stress, and other problems that can be controlled once you know how. Here are some KMBs -- kitchen memory boosters -- that might just help you remember.
These tricks can help, but if you feel like your memory needs more of a jump-start, go to the next page to learn more about natural home remedies for memory problems.
To learn more about how the brain works and disorders associated with memory problems, try the following links:
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