Forgetfulness in Teens

Forgetfulness in Teens

Every time you ask your teen to do chores or homework, they may conveniently respond with how they just forgot to carry out your instructions. As they exhibit these signs of forgetfulness, life can become especially chaotic with the disorganization which ensues. Teens usually have many responsibilities to juggle with their school work, extracurricular activities, chores, and of course, their social life. One detail to consider is that your teen may not be intentionally forgetting, they could actually have physiological reasons that make them forget what is on their to-do list.


With the surge of brand-new hormones, the brain gets overstimulated with emotions that are often difficult to control. As the brain continues to grow throughout adolescence, this development will affect functionality in different parts of the brain including the prefrontal cortex. Focus, planning, memory, and the control of social behaviors can become hit or miss due to the literal growth happening in the brain. Forgetfulness becomes inevitable with the ongoing evolution which the brain experiences during adolescence.

Sleep Patterns

The bottom line is that teens need sleep. 8 to 10 hours a night is the suggested recommendation of sleep that teens need during these crucial years of their development. Putting other activities at higher importance oversleep, can cause concentration and the ability to remember difficult to achieve. A rested teenager has a better chance of remembering then one who is sleep deprived.


Teens should stick to one task at a time because they can overload their brain with too much information and get stuck not doing anything at all. Too many instructions and too many activities in one day can overwhelm a teenager to the point to where they forget what needs to get done altogether.

Health Conditions

Your teen may be suffering from a condition that affects their brain such as dyslexia, ADHD, depression, or problems with their thyroid. If you think that your teen is forgetting above the norm of what you think they should, take them to their pediatrician and let the doctor know your concerns. By ignoring any issues your teen may be dealing with will not get them the help they need to stop forgetting the things that are actually important to them to remember.

Forgetfulness is just a normal aspect in a teen’s life, but if you do your part to make sure your teen is thriving, then you are also making sure they are exhibiting mental growth. See if your teen falls into any of these categories mentioned and help them to resolve their issues that will be instrumental in limiting their forgetfulness and enlarging their memory.  

Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center employs a well-trained medical staff that is qualified to manage the stages of withdrawal for our adolescent clients. We offer on-site detoxification to help keep our clients as comfortable as possible.

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