Memory Loss in Teens, Young Adults

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Cognate Nutritionals, makers of Fuel For Thought®, believes it is important to know all the facts related to memory loss. One often overlooked aspect of impaired memory is its effect on younger people.

The words “memory loss” conjure an image of an older person. However, even teens and young adults can experience this difficulty of recalling information and events that they could normally remember.

The most common causes of memory loss in teens and young adults are:

  • head trauma
  • medications
  • alcohol or drug use
  • depression and anxiety


Head Trauma Memory Loss

A blow to the head can occur in the sports that many teens and young adults participate in or may result from an automobile accident. If the head injury is severe enough, it can cause a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion. The symptoms of concussion include memory loss. According to the website of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, most young people who suffer a concussion recover from symptoms in a few weeks, with full recovery occurring in three to six months.

Medications for Memory Loss

Some side effects to medication − either over-the-counter or prescribed − are episodes of memory loss. Web MD lists the following as medications that can result in memory loss: antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medicine, muscle relaxants, sleeping pills, and some pain medications.

Alcohol or Drug Use Impairs Memory

The abuse of alcohol or other drugs can lead to impaired memory. Research has shown that heavy drinking, smoking, and drug use among teenagers affect the brain, which continues to develop new pathways during those crucial years. Part of the negative effect of alcohol, tobacco and drug use among teens and young adults is loss of memory, particularly short-term memory, which involves our brains registering and retaining information for a short time.

Depression and Anxiety can Cause Memory Loss

While medication for depression and anxiety can bring about memory loss, memory loss itself can be a symptom of depression and anxiety disorders. Depression, which can be a response to various situations and stress, has been shown to have a profound effect on memory. About 20 percent of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood. Bouts of anxiety are common in the lives of teens and young adults. But heightened anxiety and anxiety disorders disrupt the normal working of memory.

Memory impairment in any age is cause for concern. When memory loss occurs in a teenager or young adult, it’s important to seek professional help for diagnosis and treatment.

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  • Summer

    I’ve never had the best memory but lately i’m really struggling to remember simple things. Often times I forget within 30 seconds or less, so I’ trying to figure out why. I haven’t experienced head trauma, I don’t take medication or drink or do drugs. The guidance councilor at my school has previously suspected depression but I had no idea it was connected to memory too. what should I do?

  • Tom Girl

    Is it bad I can’t remember my teachers names?