Hello I believe I can help you with your question
I am so sorry that you have experienced this level of memory loss, I can understand why you would be curious about this
You mentioned that your doctors stated that the depression and medications may have caused your memory loss, which is a possibility as studies show that the duration of the depression can cause Hippocampal deterioration that leads to memory loss.
Also though ECT can cause long term memory loss, while it is not common as it once was it still is a possibility
Here is a study I want to show you regarding this issue and ECT and the greatest chance for autobiographical memory loss is with Bilateral ECT. Usually though the memory loss associated with ECT is of the world (impersonal memories) and not autobiographical memories.
That study is interesting. Thank you for sending it to me. I just had a quick scan of the abstract and background. That seems to answer my curiousity about why I still have strong memories about extremely traumatic events in my adolescence, although it's still weird that other personal events have disappeared. However, I can understand that strong emotional imprints would stay vivid while not-so strong ones would get lost.
If it is the depression causing memory loss, does that mean it will keep occurring if I have more depressive episodes?
Yes there is a possibility that recurring depression can lead to future memory loss as you get older, but the study typically looked at much older women with years of depression and one of the key issues with the study was that it was not dependent on severity of depression which I thought was a more important distinction because as you mentioned trauma can lead to depression and lead to stress, then stress leads to a build of cortisol which greatly impacts memory function (short and long-term).
Here is a look at a study for memory issues and depression
Sorry I did not mean to interrupt if you were typing, I did not see it. I was busy searching for this article in my library
That's okay, I accidentally pressed enter.
No worries, it happens
I'm 24 now - should I conclude that my memory loss is permanent?
It is very difficult to say, I would love to give you a firm answer, but the truth is we do not know as much about the mind as we would like to. But I will say this because you are young at 24 years of age, neural plasticity is still very effective for you and there is a strong likelihood that you will regain many of your memories, partial memories, or all of your memories in time. Now when that will happen, I cannot say for certain
That's okay. Thank you. It would be reassuring to find out if I do actually have damage to my hippocampus, but obviously you can't do that online, and even if I do, like you say - I'm young enough for my brain to be plastic enough to compensate for any damage. Perhaps I will get my memories back, but then again, it's not so important. I just find it interesting. Thank you for your replies.
Anytime, is there anything else I can do to assist you?
No, thank you. It was good to talk to you. Enjoy the rest of your day!
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