Many of us know it: We feel frazzled, harried and forgetful. Sometimes we can’t remember where we put our glasses or car keys.
This modern affliction has the medical name “subjective cognitive impairment” or “busy life syndrome,” as the CPS researchers call it. Sufferers describe feeling chronically stressed and having difficulty remembering things.
“The quantity of information and data out there is just too much to process,” said Dr. David Ballard of the American Psychological Association. “People forget keys, forget why they came there.”
Subjective cognitive impairment usually affects people when they grow old. Dr. Alan Wade of CPS Research says forgetfulness is now affecting people earlier in life.