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How can I get my memory back?

Asked by Sakata (3320 points ) February 2nd, 2009

For as long as I can remember (lol… irony) I have had memory issues; it’s mostly always been short term. I want to be able to remember things the way everyone else can. Is there anything I can do?

Examples:
You look at your watch and have no idea what time it is.
You walk into a room and don’t know what you’re in there for.
You change the TV channel during a commercial and don’t know what you were watching.

Everyone has those experiences. Now picture those on an everyday, everything type of scale.

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funkdaddy's avatar

drink more water
get enough sleep
more relaxation with activities away from electronics, time outside, read a book, etc… if you get tuned in to quick read/react activities, memory becomes less used and important

Unplug for a day and see what your body tells you.

Carol's avatar

Help is here Sakata!

We have now found that working memory deficits contribute enormously to chronic disorganization, tardiness and being lost in space.

There is one and only one program available that is designed to increase working memory.It is called Cogmed.

There are many brain fitness programs on the market (some are called “games”), however there is almost no follow-up research on lasting effects since only 20–25% of purchasers finish the “training”. I have concluded, as have others in the psychology field, that the live coaching aspect of one particular program, called Cogmed Working Memory Training, is critical to performance and completion of training. In contrast to other brain fitness programs such as Nintendo, Posit Science, Luminosity etc., this is the only program I’ve found with solid research and live coaching.   Various other programs make claims of success rates, but this is based on laboratory research. Unlike brain training software, Cogmed has a 93% completion rate in North America so the field results are measurable. Cogmed also differs in that the user interacts with the system online. The system adjusts its complexity level during each exercise, in real time, ensuring maximum training effect.  The coaching is done conveniently by phone so no office visits are necessary.

You can go to the Cogmed site to learn more:
http://www.cogmed.com/cogmed/sections/en/1.aspx.
or contact me for further info at carolbeth@earthlink.net

By the way, sleep deprivation is a no-no for those with memory problems….it will make your symptoms worse.

jonsblond's avatar

Brain farts. My mom (age 73) cures those with her daily puzzles. Keeps her sharp. A book now and then, instead of video games, might help.

Carol's avatar

Books, crossword puzzles etc do NOT push the brain enough to encourage new axon, neuron and dendrite growth. Actually, any activity that you’ve done before, any activity that is familiar and not novel, will slide you right into senility.

Farts, brain or otherwise, may be of help but I haven’t researched the literature yet.

nebule's avatar

@Carol I’m interested to know what you’re opinion is on TV and film, that don’t really require your brain to do anything but zone out as such. From a scientific perspective does the TV decrease memory activity/ sharpness in contrast to reading a book. e.g.if you chose two people of the same memory skill level – one to do three hours of reading fiction every day for a month and the other to do three hours of watching the tv every day for a month, what would the outcome be?

mea05key's avatar

i have problems memorising shapes, numbers, words by looking at it but if i rehearse it in my mind quietly , i will be able to keep them for some time.

jonsblond's avatar

If fart is used in a sentence, it’s usually a joke.

marinelife's avatar

Are you taking medication for your ADD? My husband got improved memory and much better focus with Wellbutrin.

Sakata's avatar

@Marina I have in the past but it didn’t do much good.

fireside's avatar

@sakata – i think you should look into neurobics.

oh, and meditation.

Carol's avatar

Fireside….that site is terrific.

fireside's avatar

@Carol – I got the book for my dad a while back, and thought it was pretty interesting.

1000oceans's avatar

if you are going to play video games i suggest the brain age game

it actually does work to exercise your brain and even helps with memory.

books are always a better choice over video games though, and if you read take notes. i take notes and it helps to reinforce what im reading and to remember..

other than that, exercise is good, especially running and in long term running also helps to prevent dementia and alzheimers disease.

drink lots of water, and also vitamins and i suggest organic ones cause you can take them whenever so it’s very conveinient. they don’t make you feel nauseous like nonorganic ones if you don’t take them on a completely full stomach. a multivitamin is good as well as maybe a combination with a fish oil gel tab.

i used to be very ill because i was not taken care of very well as a child and basically brought myself up along with my brothers help, no vitamins and just eating what i wanted. i had depression along with just extreme tiredness from the lack of iron and vitamins i had in my body. i also had a horrible short term memory with things like that.

i am 22 now and since december i have been taken an organic multivitamin, the fish oil along with a fourth of a vitamin C tablet and i feel healthier than i have ever felt in my whole life, emotionally, energy wise and memory wise. i also have been running and and it helps overall with brain chemistry balance a bit along with brain reactions and thinking in general. it makes the thought to thought process much more smoother…

and water just helps with everthing in your body =D

dpworkin's avatar

I’m not sure how serious you or your symptoms are, but if they are causing you genuine distress, make an appointment with a neurologist and find out if you have a deficit. If you do, you can begin to treat it properly, and if you don’t you can follow some of the very good advice above.

ItsAHabit's avatar

I don’t know of anything that can restore lost memory. However, the daily moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine, or whiskey) slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia according to numerous research studies. http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/HealthIssues/20071025202420.html

Carol's avatar

@nebule
My opinion on TV and film, is that they’re entertaining and if they’re not, turn it off/ leave quick and get your money back. I don’t think we scientifcally know if TV decreases one’s memory. We do know however, that reading a book will keep those neuronal connections alive and, in some cases, could produce more since reading pushes the brain for information. My bet would be on the reader.

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