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What are the Causes of Memory Loss?

by on February 26th, 2009
What are the Causes of Memory Loss?

Everyone is prone to being forgetful at times, but there are some people who suffer more extreme cases of memory loss due to a variety of reasons. Sometimes, memory loss can be a temporary side effect of stress or some kind of psychological or emotional trauma. Also, it can just be a natural sign of getting older. Fortunately, there are several ways of dealing with memory loss, but the right method will depend on the cause.

For many older people, memory loss or forgetfulness is just another part of daily life. There is really nothing you can do to prevent it, but you can do some things to at least delay the process.

One of the most effective ways of improving your memory and delaying old-age memory loss is to keep your brain active as much as you can. Solving crossword puzzles or sudoku is one way of doing this. By making your mind work consistently, you will be able to prevent it from getting stagnant as you grow older.

Memory Loss Due to Other Factors

  • If age is the reason for your forgetfulness, this will not happen overnight. In fact, for the first few times that you forget something, you probably won’t even notice it. However, you will notice that your forgetfulness will get more frequent as the months pass by. If your memory loss happens suddenly and without much warning, it may be due to some other cause besides old age.  Certain medical conditions like seizures, strokes or brain tumors can cause a person to have sudden memory loss. In these cases, immediate treatment is crucial in order to prevent the memory loss from becoming a permanent condition.
  • Psychological imbalance due to depression can also result in temporary memory loss. If you have noticed that your forgetfulness started at the same time you also began to feel depressed and lacked appetite for food, see your physician right away. These can be the signs of depression, which can easily be treated with medication and the right diet.
  • Certain chemicals can also cause memory loss. If you start to become forgetful soon after taking a new prescription medication, you should immediately go to your physician for a check-up. If the memory loss is indeed a result of taking the drug, you should have it replaced with something else. In this case, your doctor will give you a different prescription, sometimes for an herbal medication because these organic drugs have far less side effects than artificial chemical preparations.

Needless to say, memory loss can be quite inconvenient, not to mention embarrassing in certain situations. If the memory loss is severe, it can also have serious repercussions to your emotional health. In order to avoid these unpleasant situations, go to your doctor as soon as you notice the earliest symptoms. With early detection, most kinds of memory loss can easily be treated or reversed.

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