I often don't say things because I'm not sure if they were said before or to whom (everyday stuff, not ptsd related). People's names?? Ha-ha. For example, my favorite older lady at church has been out for a couple weeks but I haven't asked about her because I can't recall her name, although we've had many conversations and prayers together for almost a year. I just go along with stories my family tells me about things we did or places we went from a couple weeks ago to years and years ago. I just say, "Oh, yeah, that was great" or such. Though I try to hide it sometimes they'll say, "You don't remember that, do you?" and I have to admit I cannot jog up the memory no matter how hard I try. I ran into my next-door neighbor at Costco a few weeks ago with her kids and couldn't place her, so I did the smile and light talk stuff hoping she wouldn't realize I couldn't place her. Didn't realize until I saw her in the yard a week later it was the lady from Costco! My dd's boyfriend just got a job with Verizon so I was agreeing with how much I like their service and blah, blah, maybe I should get a newer phone, etc., when I realized I switched from Verizon over a year ago (although I had it for 10 years before that). I don't dare put a pot on the stove or in the oven without setting the timer -- never. I feel brain damaged. Really. Like I want that label so people would really understand it isn't funny or made-up when I give blank stares. I need a valid reason why I can't remember people's names at church ... not because I don't care but because I just CANNOT retain it! I wonder if ptsd will actually contribute to future Alzheimer's. Can anyone here remember if their memory is this fried? FLF .