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Hi, I'm 16.
I have noticed that I sometimes seem to have moments of frustrating forgetfulness. 
For example, I'm browsing, I see a video I want to see, I get carried away, few minutes later I can't remember.
Sometimes I'm anxious about something, for a few minutes I think about something else, then I can still feel anxiety but can't remember why.
Other times I could be talking about something very interesting, and if I'm interrupted for a few seconds I forget.

Usually memory returns. This forgetfulness does not affect past events, important things. It's just annoying. And now that I think about it, scary. 
Is this kind of forgetfulness normal at my young age? How likely is it that this is a start of some serious neurological problem (e.g huntington's chorea, alzheimer's etc.)?

Hi Damian,

Relax! There is nothing to panic...

What you describe is not exactly forgetfulness but "inattention"(lack of concentration)....I am sure this might not be happening when you are doing something with more attention/ concentration: e.g., solving a puzzle.

This is perfectly OK for this age and is no way related to Huntington's Chorea and Alzheimer's...

Only word of caution: If such issues affect your day-to-day life significant fall in class grades or regular sport activities or social functioning, do visit your doctor for detailed assessment.

Please feel free to ask for any further clarification.

Best wishes,
Dr. Puneet Kumar,
Kumar Child Clinic, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India

+91-9818356846, +91-11-45535647  


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I would be happy to answer general queries on prevention and treatment of ailments in newborn, infant, toddler, child or an adolescent. Needless to say, it will not be possible to answer any query that requires diagnosing, since it is not possible to examine a child online.


I have worked in various capacities (medical officer, resident, senior resident, consultant) in public as well as private sector in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Today, I have over 17 years of experience in the field.

Currently, I am running my own clinic (Kumar Child Clinic) in Dwarka, New Delhi and am attached to Lifeline Hospital, Dwarka as consultant pediatrics and neonatology. I am also developing my clinic website into a comprehensive child health/ parenting website (

(a) Chapter "National Immunization Schedule" in Frontiers of Social Pediatrics, Jaypee Publishers: 2nd edition, 2016. (b) Article, "All about Pertussis vaccines" in special issue of Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics, July-Sept 2015 (c) Three chapters (DTP vaccines, Pneumococcal vaccines and Poliovirus vaccines) in "Textbook of Pediatrics for Post-graduates" First edition: 2015. (c) Chapter: "Alternative delivery methods of vaccines" in IAP textbook of Vaccines, First edition, 2014 (published by IAP/ Jaypee Brothers) (d) Special Article: "50 years of Immunization in India: Progress and Future" in January 2013 issue of Indian Pediatrics (e) Four chapters in "FAQ: Book on Vaccines and Immunization Practices" First edition, 2011 AND 2nd edition, 2015 published by Jaypee Brothers. (f) Three articles in special issue of Journal of Pediatric Sciences on “Controversies and Challenges in Pediatric Vaccination Today" in Sept, 2010. Co-edited the series also. (f) Regular column, “How do I treat” in Pediascene ( (g) Review article, “Role of Anti-Poliovirus Agents in Polio eradication and beyond” in Polio Pulse, April, 2008. (h) Chapter on “Acute Infectious Diarrhea” in Textbook of Infectious Diseases in Children. (An IAP Publication), 2007. 2nd edition in 2011. (i) Book-Review (IAP Pediatric Drug Formulary, 2004) in Pediascene, March 2005 ( ) (j) Case-report on Osteopetrosis. Jharkhand Journal of Pediatrics, Dec-2002.

After MBBS, I have done DNB residency in Pediatrics.

Awards and Honors
Winner of IAP practising pediatrician's quiz in 2001.

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