Common "Forgetfulness" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Forgetfulness or memory problems are often associated with conditions like dementia or Alzheimer's. But other common causes such as a lack of sleep, medications (antidepressants, anti-hypertensives), drinking too much alcohol, hypothyroidism, and depression can also result in forgetfulness but can be treated.

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What are the side effects of taking Adderall?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 29 year old boyfriend, who weighs 190 lbs and 6 feet tall, he is a former athlete in college. He was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia through the spinal tab, five years ago. He is now taking Adderall 60 mg a day total, spread over six times, and is using Flumazenil cream, wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Idiopathic hypersomnia is a sleep disorder even less common than narcolepsy, a rare sleep disease. The biggest distinguishing characteristics include differences in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the absence of cataplexy (a sudden weakness in the muscles while fully co...  Read Full »

I cannot remember anything I study. Why, and is it due to any medical condition?

Query: Hello doctor, I forget the things in a very short period. I am a competitive exam aspirant and have read many chapters at least 10 to 15 times but still do not remember anything. I remember only 5 to 10 % of concepts in class and can understand everything very easily but cannot remember anything. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, I appreciate you signing up on icliniq. You now have exclusive access to expert medical opinion. Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I read your case and it is a normal problem at this age especially when preparing for competitive exams. You may be under stress due to exams. You...  Read Full »

I have breathless attacks and memory lapses. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have not been able to remember some of the stuff I have done these past two months. It has actually been a problem for around five years, but it was not this bad. I have had entire days missing from my memory, and people around me have said that I have done or said bad things to them,...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashanth. B

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The problem you have mentioned looks interesting. We need to see those episodes and have a complete evaluation. It may be dissociative episodes. If so, counseling and medicine would help. We need to rule out seizures too. So, I suggest you consult a psychiatrist at the...  Read Full »

I am a 30-year-old with forgetfulness, lack of focus, and suicidal thoughts. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old female who does not know how to express her pain. I think I need medications as I tend to forget things. I am stressed and tense. I cannot remember the names, faces of people, and number plates. I forget even the names of my family members and friends along with the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, We welcome you to icliniq family. I appreciate the confidence you place in me for your healthcare consultation.You may have a major depressive disorder. You have to follow a few lifestyle changes and take some medications. I suggest you follow a few instructions mentioned below. You sh...  Read Full »

My mother-in-law gets forgetful. Is it due to dementia?

Query: Hi doctor,I am worried about my mother-in-law’s health condition. She is 75 years old. She had a stroke a few years back. Now she takes medicines to control her blood pressure. I am not aware of the medicines she is taking now. Nowadays, she forgets things often. Sometimes, she forgets people clos...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. I can understand your situation and concern about your mother-in-law. You are right; she may have vascular dementia due to a stroke. It will be better if you do an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) brain plain...  Read Full »

Please tell me ways to treat forgetfulness and disturbed sleep.

Query: Hi doctor, For a while, my memory has been really bad. A recent event with my memory is as follows. My alarm goes off at 7:04 AM and I looked at my clock at 7:05 AM and I could not remember how my alarm had gone off, which was only a minute later. But, things I memorized before some years are still ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhi Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to By your two symptoms, it is not possible for me now, to provide you the exact diagnosis. Forgetfulness, sometimes a symptom of depression. It is called pseudodementia. Disturbed sleep and restlessness can also be associated with it. But, for diagnosis of depression, oth...  Read Full »

Do I forget things often due to the lump on my head?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had pain in the back of my neck, and I have had a lump on my head under the hair for three to four months. Sometimes I forget the things to do. For example, I go to take milk from the fridge, but I take butter and come. Then I realize I have taken butter instead of milk. I have also...  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. A lump under the skin is commonly seen due to infection. Apart from that, cystic growth due to sebaceous gland blockage can also cause this, or it can be due to stress. As you mentioned you are getting forgetful, I would like to know your...  Read Full »

I keep forgetting things, and I cannot handle it anymore. Can it be a sign of Alzheimer's?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 55-year-old female. I keep forgetting things, and everyone in my family is irritated with my behavior. I always try my best to remember everything, but I keep forgetting stuff to my bad. For example, last night I misplaced my car keys and searched for them everywhere. At last, I re...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can undergo formal and objective testing to know if you have cognitive impairment and, if positive, how severe it is. For example, does the memory problem interfere with your everyday activities? When did it exactly start? I suggest you get a magnetic resonance ...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of my forgetfulness and inability to focus?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old. My height is 172 centimeters and my weight is 52 kilograms. I always tend to forget where I keep things even if it is just a second ago. I am also having problems on focusing things that I do not like such as studying, waiting in lines, etc. I do not talk much with o...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern but you have not mentioned enough details which can help me diagnose ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below to deal with your concentration problems. ...  Read Full »

Why do I forget things, have headaches, and find it difficult to concentrate?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 18 years old, and my friends say I have a mental health issue as I constantly have headaches. I keep hearing weird noises. I cannot sleep properly. I am constantly paranoid, and I find it difficult to concentrate. I often do not hear or understand simple things and forget most thin...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It appears that you do not have any stress. Kindly note that we need medical history and mental status examination to make final conclusions about your psychological health to label something serious. I agree that you need to know how it can be treated or prevented b...  Read Full »

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