Factors that Affect The Memory

Lots of people experience memory problems. Plenty of different medical conditions can result in memory problems. A good portion of them are treatable, which is why people who are temporarily experiencing memory problems usually shouldn’t be overly concerned about them. It’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor if you’re experiencing memory problems, of course, and it’s also important not to be too worried about it. Chances are your doctor is just going to tell you that everything’s fine.

I’ve found that drinking too much coffee sometimes affects my memory. The affect isn’t all that pronounced. Still, when I’ve had too much coffee, I’ll usually find that certain words are on the tip of my tongue and I can’t quite get them out, which can be irritating. Some of it’s the associated headaches, because who wants to remember anything during a headache?

Your stress level is going to affect your memory directly or indirectly. When you’re stressed, you’re probably going to be too distracted in order to remember anything anyway, so the stress will interfere with the way in which you process new memories. However, it’s possible that chronic stress can have severe long-term consequences on the brain, particularly in terms of memory.

People who struggle with depression are also more likely to have memory problems. These kinds of problems are sometimes used in order to diagnose depression. People with anxiety disorders can have memory problems, although these will usually be somewhat indirect. Individuals that are anxious all the time are not going to commit things to memory very effectively. Individuals who are depressed may be too listless to care. Whether these problems affect memory directly, indirectly, or both is hard to say. One way or another, individuals struggling with these mental illnesses may have additional challenges in the form of memory problems.

Of course, the main factor that’s going to affect memory is simply utilization. Lots of people work at jobs that don’t challenge them intellectually. They tend to socialize with the same people time and time again, and they aren’t challenged to remember new details about a person. Adults will build their own little worlds for themselves. It’s almost as if they start to lose their memory of what it’s like outside these worlds, since living in an environment that doesn’t challenge them is only going to affect their memory negatively.