I have 'suffered' (been diagnosed) with anxiety and depression and this has blighted my life for quite some time now. Being 27, I have spent most of my life going through ups and downs like most of us. I have recently become more and more aware of the recurring pattern where my depression kicks in and becomes more apparent, relating almost every time to a change in job, life, etc. Taking this into account, I am concerned that my depression could be triggered by something else - my memory. Not being able to pick up information as quickly as I would like to, not remembering things, not being able to make connections between individual facts - even forgetting what I have typed up so far... - all this comes into play when I need to adjust and not getting there. I have raised my concern with my GP but was 're-assured' that depression/anxiety can sometimes/often have this effect where it makes us think that we suffer with memory loss, difficulties to remember, etc. My point still stands and I believe that my depression could be triggered by memory problems and not the other way round. I feel let down by my memory. Reading a book, I enjoy the content, but ask me about the author, names of the characters or just to describe the plot in a greater detail and you have me lost - same for movies,... it's like it all gently washes over me but nothing actually sticks and stays. I like to think I lead fairly healthy lifestyle, going to a gym, run, walk outside, perhaps could do more of this - but with this, I feel even more under pressure as I would have expected to feel better and results are not becoming apparent.
I think what I am arriving at is, what should I do, how to find out (with GP's help) whether my memory problems are caused by depression or is it the other way round? Is there any way of diagnosing the condition? I feel like I've read a lot on the subject but to be honest, once again nothing has stuck in my mind to relate to.