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ChloeMae

620d

Does depression/anxiety/trauma block out like years worth of memories? I barely remember things or anything from a year ago & anything from like 5+ years ago is completely gone. Like I’m watching old videos from only 5 years ago with my friends and I have no recollection of them or even some people I used to be friends with. I literally feel like I have some onset memory disorder or something

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    • Atusin

      620d

      yup yup! trauma especially can fuck with the way your brain stores memories. like, it literally requires your brain. it's not your fault, I can't remember most of my life

    • ilonameow

      620d

      yes, i have trouble knowing if my memories are real or something i’ve made up in my head

    • aliensaucers

      620d

      Absolutely. I have large memory gaps due to trauma. I can’t even remember anything that happened to me last week, let alone years ago.

    • Cinnawut

      620d

      I feel like it’s some type of merciful thing, like idk I’ve been through so much shit and honestly I’m thankful I don’t remember all the details. Good memories I try to write down especially in if I lose someone. If there’s a part of your life you really want to try to remember give your self many tries to think about it over weeks. Write down the memories as they come and you might have a better idea than before

    • GingerSnapple

      620d

      Yes. They can be linked. I cant remember anything from my childhood and I've only just started to get my memory back while working through my trauma.

    • Sassy05

      620d

      I remember all trauma but once it all stopped i barley remember the good memories.

    • Soraiya_LW

      620d

      So memory loss from trauma is definitely a proven side affect. I myself experienced that when my mother passed 2yrs ago and my memory STILL hasn’t fully recovered. I also went though anxiety and depression during that same time. So I would say yes. For me it’s more short term memory being affected than long. So you’re not alone.

    • srea

      620d

      Yes. When I was deciding whether or not to get divorced, I sometimes heard the trope, “Remember why you fell in love!” But I.. couldn’t.. remember… any memories or thought processes from when we were dating. I wasn’t able to unblock that until months after the divorce.

      • PeppermintAnn

        620d

        @srea i feel seen. i can't remember lots of the beginning of my relationship- it bothers me/makes me sad sometimes :/

    • Dorkasaurus

      620d

      Yes the brain can block out memories related to trauma to protect itself. If you're only having problems with memory in the past, there may have been psychological trauma OR a brain injury around that time. I'd explore both avenues but especially the physical investigation. Maybe tumor, stroke, TBI. I'd ask others if your long-term memory has always been bad and if they've noticed your short-term memory has been lacking and you haven't noticed. Even if they don't believe you or aren't concerned, you need to discuss it with your doctors. Don't brush it off when it's something that concerns you and clearly doesn't feel right. I'm having an issue right now with uncovering things I probably don't want to find out, but it bothers me so much, I'd rather be able to know and work through whatever I need to and move on. I believe I have these feelings for a reason. Whatever I find out is going to help me heal and heal others and have a better grasp of what I need to do. I mean, it's scary when you don't know something that you've done or something that's been done to you, no matter how small it was. You can do this!! 💪🏻

    • Tylerwill

      620d

      Most victims, especially young, repress those memories. So its normal

    • Atusin

      620d

      yup yup! trauma especially can fuck with the way your brain stores memories. like, it literally requires your brain. it's not your fault, I can't remember most of my life

    • Tylerwill

      620d

      I don't remember much before I got addicted to oxy and went through serious depression. It's interesting to be around people from my past that tell me things I don't remember

    • PeppermintAnn

      620d

      i feel like my years of anxiety/depression (+ trying different medications) led to some dissociation that i didn't realize was happening until i was out of it! until a more recent med change, i didn't realize how much of the past few years i hadn't remembered

    • Tylerwill

      620d

      It actually has been found to be linked to memory loss and dementia down the line. Gotta love depression, just a gift that keeps giving 🙃

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