Memory loss describes either an excessive degree of forgetfulness and/or the inability to remember events. It can occur suddenly or develop gradually. It can be permanent or temporary, and it can involve an inability to remember events that happened in the distant past, recent events or both.
What Causes Memory Loss?
Memory loss is not necessarily a normal part of the aging process. It occurs more frequently in older people simply because they are more susceptible to some of the conditions that can cause it, like Alzheimer’s disease. Common causes of memory loss include the following:
– Stress, anxiety and depression can all make it hard for someone to pay attention or concentrate. If someone is distracted or upset, they have a harder time than usual remembering recent events. Stress caused by a trauma can also result in memory loss.
– Many medications can interfere with a patient’s ability to remember. Examples include post-surgical pain medications, sleeping pills, anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, antihistamines and anti-anxiety medicines.
– Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs can cause memory loss. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain. Researchers have found that smokers have a harder time correctly remembering people’s names than do non-smokers. Other drugs can alter the chemistry within the brain and thus impair memory.
– Strokes can be another cause of memory loss. A stroke is caused by a failure of the blood to reach the brain. That, in turn, is caused by a blood vessel leaking into the brain or by a blood clot blocking a blood vessel.
– Dementias are a well-known cause of memory loss. They are progressive diseases caused by various types of brain damage, and they can eventually leave a patient severely disabled. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common and best-known dementia.
When Should Somebody Get Help?
Some forgetfulness is normal. Everybody has misplaced their keys or forgotten an appointment. Such lapses in memory are generally nothing to worry about. Memory loss, however, becomes a problem when it interferes with the patient’s ability to work, socialize or handle other aspects of their lives.
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