Have you been feeling forgetful lately?
If you've been on an epic run of forgetting your lunch at home, forgetting your rent check on the kitchen table, and forgetting that you're getting married this coming Sunday, it can be easy to assume the worst. But if you're not elderly, the odds are slim that your memory problems are caused by the early onset of a neurological problem like dementia or Alzheimer's.
Rather, your memory problems are probably caused by more pedestrian issues like stress, medication, not getting enough sleep, or hormonal changes. Most memory problems among younger people are caused by emotional discord, which leads us to become distracted and unfocused, and thus less effective both at making new memories or summoning old ones. But luckily, almost all of these causes are only temporary and easy to fix.