Forgot where you kept your car keys? Or why you just walked into the room? Or simply forgot the name of an aunt whom you met at a social function?
If your answer is yes, chances are that you could be one among the increasing number of people suffering from a new malaise—Busy Life Syndrome (BLS).
Described by medical experts as a type of memory loss, the syndrome is caused by hectic lives bombarded with information overload from mobile phones, TV and the internet.
A study conducted by a group of medical students at the MGM medical college on the ‘psychological affect’ of BLS has found that the disorder is more widespread among the youngsters of Indore.
While 33.33% of post-graduate students at the medical college under the age 26 years were suffering from the syndrome 38.46% of the students above 26 years were afflicted by BLS, the study found.
The study also found the syndrome was more widespread among unmarried people and affecting people at younger age.
Only 16.6% of the married respondents were found to be suffering from the syndrome while 38.4% of unmarried respondents were affected by it, the study found.
While 77% of the respondents said that they forgot to call back people after promising them they would 84% said that they keep forgetting the names of locality’s and people’s names during conversation.
The habit of forgetting things is very common among youngsters, said Dr Sanjay Dixit, the vice-dean at the MGM medical college.
The attention spans and concentration levels among young people are going down as the brain is constantly being bombarded with information overload. The brain has to multi-task all the time, which results in temporary loss of memory, he added.
However, people hardly worry about the symptoms, unless the disability becomes serious, said Dr Ram Ghulam Razdaan, an eminent psychiatrist from the city.
“This entire thing (BLS) has become so common that people hardly notice it or get worried about it,” he said. “Everybody keeps on forgetting things but they seek medical help only when the disability gets serious.”
The disease could take a bad turn if untreated for long, he said, adding that in some cases, it has led to the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.