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Forgetfulness: Learn the reasons behind it

Forgetfulness is having a hard time remembering things like a fact, event, where you put something, or words that you were about to say.

What causes forgetfulness?

Two common causes for forgetfulness are a lack of sleep and increased stress. Forgetfulness can also be a side effect of taking certain medications, and it’s also a symptom of depression. Less commonly, forgetfulness is a sign of a thyroid problem.


Forgetfulness is pretty normal, but when it’s a side effect of another condition, it might be treatable. If you’ve been experiencing a lot more forgetfulness lately, it could be a sign that you’re overly stressed, deficient in a certain vitamin, or taking a medication that may not be working for you as well as it could be. If the forgetfulness gets concerning, ask your provider for some input.

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  • “Forgetfulness — 7 types of normal memory problems.” Harvard. Healthbeat, Harvard University, 2017. Web.

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