It’s possible that you are not forgetting intentionally. It may be that something is physically wrong. It would be wise to have a medical evaluation to determine what might be wrong. Discuss all of your concerns with the physician and be certain to mention that this problem is increasingly interfering with your life.
If medical problems are ruled out, then a psychological origin can be explored. A mental health evaluation will determine what may be wrong. Being evaluated by both medical and mental health professionals can assist you uncovering what may be wrong.
Have you recently experienced a life change? Trauma? Are you experiencing a great deal of stress? Recent life changes, trauma or stress might be contributing to the problem. It may also be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder.
In the meantime, you may want to read about the concept of hyper-intention. The basic premise of hyper-intention is that a person’s fears or problems are made worse by their intense focus on them. Frankl says that the solution to hyper-intention is paradoxical intention. Paradoxical intention means that you do the opposite of what you would normally do in response to something that you fear. You can read more about these concepts in a book called Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.
Medical and mental health evaluations might uncover the source of your problems. Subsequently, consider psychotherapy if it has been indicated. I hope that you are able to find the help that you desire. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle
Mental Health & Criminal Justice Blog