Depression Impair Memory?
The short answer is yes, depression
has been shown to have a negative effect on memory storage and retrieval.
Exactly why this is researchers do not yet have a clear cut answer
to. It is theorized that, in certain cases, it can be the result
of a lack of attention being paid to typical daily routines and
activities for those that suffer from depression. Depression sufferers
also may just lack the energy needed to actually go through all
of the mental processes necessary for typical memory operations.
Another theory is that depressed people have a tendency to focus
on sad memories, which can enhance their depression. Some of the
symptoms of depression are:
- Inability to function in your normal daily
routine. You may have a hard time getting out of bed in the
- Lethargy, or feeling tired all the time
- Inability to concentrate
- Anger or irritability
- Loss of interest in social issues and events
- Suicidal thoughts