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Dr. Gary Small, M.D.

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Gary Small, M.D., is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive and integrated healthcare network. Dr. Small has often appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and CNN and is co-author (with his wife Gigi Vorgan) of 10 popular books, including New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible,” “The Small Guide to Anxiety,” and “The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

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Getting Over 'Tip-of-the-Tongue' Syndrome

Friday, 11 October 2013 11:57 AM

One of the most common memory complaints is "Tip-of-the-Tongue" Syndrome: You are sure you know the answer to something, but you just can’t pull it out of your head.
 
Despite its relative frequency, most people don’t have an effective strategy to deal with this phenomenon. Understanding the process will help lead to a solution. 
 
In these situations, we start to focus on associations with what we are trying to recall in order to help retrieve the information. This is a reasonable strategy that sometimes works. However, if it doesn’t work it can lead to anxiety, which distracts us and makes it even harder to remember. 
 
If you find yourself getting stressed out about your memory, try some deep breathing exercises to calm yourself down and reassure yourself that this happens to everyone at some point.
 
But the most common reason for the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon is that we haven’t been using the word, name, or title much in the recent past. Here’s a simple method to systematically overcome this annoying memory challenge:
 
1.      Keep a pad of paper in your pocket or purse at all times; a smartphone will work, too.
2.      When you are experiencing a tip-of-the-tongue moment, jot down as many associations as you can to the word or title you are searching for.

3.      If you recall the word later — as often happens — immediately write it down next to your associations. If you can’t recall it later on your own, simply ask someone for help.
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One of the most common memory complaints is Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome: You are sure you know the answer to something, but you just can't pull it out of your head. Despite its relative frequency, most people don't have an effective strategy to deal with this phenomenon....
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