Noting that there are distinct and important differences between forgetting and forgetfulness, experts emphasize that forgetting is a natural and physiological function, just like learning. Noting that forgetting is a part of our normal lives, learning and forgetting can differ according to personality structure, experts state that there are 4 types of forgetfulness.
Üsküdar University Faculty of Medicine Head of Neurology Department and NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Neurology Specialist Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tanrıdağ said that there are important differences between forgetting and forgetfulness and that they must be separated from each other.
Remember, it's a natural phenomenon and part of life
"It is very important to clarify the difference between forgetting and forgetfulness," said Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tanrıdağ said, “In order to call disorder forgetfulness, first of all, it is necessary to differentiate the event we call forgetting. The event we call forgetting is considered a natural, physiological function like learning. Remember, it is a part of our normal life. " said.
The brain makes room for new learning
Stating that forgetting has two features, Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tanrıdağ said, “One of these is the temporal feature. It is the forgetting of some information over time. It is something that happens to all of us. This situation may even have a good meaning, the brain may be making room for new learning by forgetting information that is not used in this way. The second is the absent-minded factor. This is the factor that can be very variable according to the person. It may result from not paying enough attention to some information learned. We all learn more easily what we like to know and do, and things that we cannot empathically relate to. Also, we all have different types of intelligence. While some people learn mathematical-logical knowledge more easily, some of us learn the information that makes us feelings and some of us learn the expressions related to gestures and gestures more easily. Since everyone's learning style and pace is different, the subjects they forget are also different. Some of us, some of us with names, some of us, some of us more easily forget movements that require skill. We all have a different personality structure and this personality structure gives rise to different forms of learning and forgetting. While obsessive people learn and forget hard, people with a depressive temperament learn more difficultly and forget more easily. There is usually no medical symptom accompanying these features accompanying the event we call forgetting. In the past, these forms of forgetting were called benign forgetfulness. " he spoke.
Drawing attention to the fact that forgetfulness emerges as “forgetting is a repetitive and noticeable behavior”, Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tanrıdağ said, “This situation can attract the attention of the person himself, and the attention of his environment. A very important feature is that the person forgets what he has forgotten and repeats the same information or perceives it as if he has not heard the words spoken to him, and during the repetition of this information, he perceives it as if he is hearing new information.
They can accompany forgetfulness
Stating that forgetting and forgetfulness may not always be clearly separated, Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tanrıdağ said, “Apart from the recommended criteria, the human factor can come into play. In this case, there may be patients, relatives and doctors who say that forgetfulness is forgetful; People, relatives and doctors who say that this is forgetfulness may appear. Therefore, a person who is brought to the doctor because of forgetfulness or forgetfulness may insistently say, 'I don't have any of these' or 'I forget like everyone else'. Remember - a person without obvious forgetfulness might say persistently, 'I'm forgetting too much or I have Alzheimer's.'
There are 4 types of forgetfulness
Stating that they have lifelong forgetting-forgetfulness profiles, Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tanrıdağ said, “4 types were distinguished in the studies. These; A normal forgetting and forgetfulness profile that increases at the age of 60 and above, which we call healthy forgetting; Profile caused by premature brain aging accompanied by metabolic, internal, vascular factors; Profile of forgetfulness caused by early brain aging (which can start from the ages of 30-40); "It can be a profile of forgetfulness that occurs together with genetic and developmental factors and can have a lifelong effect (which can manifest itself at very early ages such as 10-20 years old), and there may be an accelerated forgetfulness profile due to trauma infection in adulthood."
Database analysis is important to distinguish between forgetting and forgetfulness
Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tanrıdağ pointed out the importance of database methods in forgetting and forgetfulness analysis. Stating that the tendency to "think that you know the result" should be avoided when distinguishing between forgetting and forgetfulness, Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tanrıdağ said, “We need to prioritize data-based thinking. We see from the patients who come to us and their relatives that most of the physicians who see the forgetfulness or forgetfulness patients express their opinions, make decisions and prescribe depending on the tendency to think that they know the result. On the other hand, there are physicians who choose data-based thinking. We understand them from the examinations and file contents. Data-based approach includes neurological and psychiatric examinations, biochemical analyzes, Cranial MRI for the structural database, computed EEG (qEEG) for the electromagnetic database, Neuropsychological Tests (NPT) for the functional database, blood and Brain-Spinal Fluid for the genetic database ( BOS) analysis is being done, ”he said.
Data-based thinking methods provide periodic control
Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tanrıdağ said, “The data-based thinking method provides periodic control of the normal forgetting profile. In the case of forgetfulness suspicion, it reveals the neurological, psychiatric and other medical reasons and stage information of forgetful behavior and accompanying symptoms. It provides periodic inspection of forgetfulness profiles ”. Not using the data-based approach is an important factor in the progression of Alzheimer's Disease, which is an important health problem of today, to progressive stages without intervention. On the other hand, the only scientific and accurate approach for the early diagnosis of the disease is to perform Brain Checkups based on database analysis.