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Mind Mischief: Demystifying Forgetfulness – It's Not Always a Brain Breakdown!

Forgetfulness is a common aspect of human experience, and it is crucial to recognize that not every lapse in memory equates to a severe neurological condition like dementia, amnesia, or psychopathology or some neurological ailment. Let’s understand and enhance our understanding of the potentialities to forgetfulness.

Dr. Damanjit Kaur (MD Psychiatry)  




Yes, Forgetfulness can also be natural to us human beings!:

Research indicates that forgetfulness is a natural and common occurrence, especially with age. A landmark study published in the journal "Neurology" suggests that mild forgetfulness, such as misplacing keys or forgetting names momentarily, is a normal part of aging. The brain undergoes natural changes over time, and these can impact memory to some extent without indicating a pathological condition.


STRESS and LIFESTYLE! Did you know of these 2 major influencers for our memory deficits?


Forgetfulness can also be influenced by external factors, such as stress and lifestyle choices. A study in "Psychological Science" found that chronic stress can have detrimental effects on memory and cognitive function. Furthermore, a lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and sedentary behavior can contribute to memory lapses. Exploring stress management techniques and adopting a healthy lifestyle can significantly improve cognitive function.


Multitasking is a nemesis to memory (“Yaas, I can do this and this and this”)


Modern life often demands multitasking, and while it may seem efficient, research in the "Journal of Experimental Psychology" suggests that multitasking can negatively impact memory. Dividing attention between multiple tasks can lead to forgetfulness as the brain struggles to consolidate and retrieve information effectively. Implementing mindfulness practices and focusing on one task at a time can help mitigate memory lapses.


Tech Dependency Fades Memory! (Digital Dependency Tally Check)


The rise of technology has changed the way we remember information. A study published in "Memory" explored the concept of the "Google effect," where individualstend to forget information easily if they know it can be readily accessed online. Relying heavily on external devices for information can contribute to forgetfulness, highlighting the need for a balanced approach to memory utilization.


No magic trick to curb natural and unnatural forgetfulness, but here’s what you can do:


Research in the "Journal of Aging and Health" suggests that engaging in memory training and cognitive exercises can enhance memory performance, even in older adults. These exercises stimulate the brain, promoting neuroplasticity and improving memory function. Simple activities like puzzles, memory games, and learning new skills can be effective in maintaining and enhancing cognitive abilities.


Other things include:


1. Adequate Sleep

2. Healthy diet, Healthy mind

3. Routine Health check ups

4. Break from Technology from time to time

5. Staying physically healthy


In conclusion, forgetfulness is a multifaceted phenomenon that extends beyond the realms of dementia, amnesia, or psychopathology. Recognizing the normalcy of mild forgetfulness, understanding the impact of stress and lifestyle, addressing the consequences of multitasking, acknowledging the technological influence on memory, and embracing memory training and keeping some fundamentals in check can contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of memory lapses.


Dr. Damanjit Kaur (MD Psychiatry)  

Ms. Anjali Gulati
Faith Hospital, Chandigarh
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