If you’ve ever experienced depression, you know that when feelings of loneliness, worthlessness, hopelessness and despair creep in, it can feel as though the world is ending. Depression can cause us to want to sleep in and never get out of bed; it can cause us to withdraw from our friends, family, work-related activities, children, pets, social events – life. If untreated, depression can worsen over time, and we may find ourselves stuck in an endless tunnel of exhaustion, confusion, and turmoil. Out of all the challenging symptoms of depression, there is one that doesn’t get discussed as often: memory. Previous research has shown that those with depression may experience memory issues, but there hasn’t been a lot of conclusive evidence as to how this occurs. The following provides some facts that we do know:
- Depression causes impairments in concentration and sustained attention, which could influence a person’s ability to store memories.
- A person with depression may experience memory loss in a variety of ways, including:
- Having difficulty recalling a word they want to use
- Forget a part of a conversation that happened yesterday
- Experiencing problems with remembering several things at once
- Forgetting what happened in a movie that was recently watched or a book that was recently read
- Being unable to recall specifics of one’s own life
- Those with depression may remember more negative events in their life than positive ones.
- Memory loss may also be associated with substance use, age, medications, etc.
- Memory loss can be improved by seeking treatment for depression, engaging in memory-based exercises, using memory aids such as color coding or alarms, learning different ways to remember things, and more.
If you struggle with symptoms of depression and memory loss, recovery is possible. A common treatment tool used in therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which assists clients in changes old, negative thoughts patterns into newer, more positive ones. Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about how you can gain control back over your depression, memory, and your life.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.