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I am forgetful or experience memory loss

If you’re having trouble remembering things, or experiencing memory loss it’s important you find out why. Here’s how.


Being forgetful or experiencing memory loss can cause stress and result in confusion. Learn more

Memory loss becomes more common as we age, and in some cases can be a symptom of dementia – but this often isn’t the case. Memory loss can be caused by a number of other issues like anxiety, stress or depression. It can also be the result of physical damage caused by a head injury or a stroke

Whatever the reasons, if you’re experiencing memory loss you should seek the advice and help of a professional.

What to do

If you are experiencing memory loss, or forgetfulness that’s affecting your day-to-day life then you should speak to your GP.

They will speak to you about your experiences, your family history and may also request a blood test. Your GP will discuss their view on your condition and may refer you to our Devon Memory Service if they feel it’s appropriate.

While you may be concerned your memory loss could be a symptom of dementia, it’s likely to be caused by something else.

If you are suffering from dementia there is a whole range of support available from specialist services provided by charities like Alzheimer’s Society. Learn more

If you are in crisis call 111 or visit our 'I need help now' page or contact Samaritans on 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org.