What are the Causes of Memory Loss?
Article by Dr. Mital John
If your memory problem needs more evaluation, your doctor may send you to a neuropsychologist, who will have you take some pencil-and-paper tests that gauge different aspects of mental ability. If those tests show abnormal results, the doctor will try to rule out causes of cognitive dysfunction based on conditions such as vascular disease, psychological problems, eating and drinking habits, and environmental factors.
As people begin to age, they may begin to have problems with memory. One of the most noticeable problem areas involves the transient forgetting of names. Virtually everyone has this problem in older age.
Causes of Memory Loss: –
* Amnesia – Amnesia occurs when one’s memory is affected, due to either organic or functional causes. Brain damage through physical trauma or diseases is a common organic cause, whilst functional causes include psychological elements such as the body’s defense mechanisms. Traumatic amnesia occurs due to head injuries, and the period of memory loss is related to the degree of injury. * Depression – Depression can cause memory loss at any age. This is one of the main reasons for forgetfulness in the elderly. Depression-related memory loss is a treatable condition.* Diseases – Memory loss can result from such chronic disease conditions as diabetes or hypothyroidism.* Dementia – Dementia is a cause of memory loss due to old age. Depending on the extent of dementia, it may be reversible if it has not reached an advanced stage. Common identifiers of dementia include a change in the character of the person suffering from it, and some experience delirium as well. * Stress – Emotional or physical stress stimulates the release of stress hormones such as cortical and adrenaline. Constant exposure to stress hormones results in nerve-cell death and memory loss.
Other Causes: Some other causes of memory loss are epilepsy, strokes, infections and neurodegenerative diseases. Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease are noteworthy neurodegenerative diseases that affect human memory. Epilepsy seizures generally cause a temporary loss of memory, while the extent of damage caused by stokes depends on its severity. Infection of the brain, as happens in case of encephalitis and meningitis, can cause inflammation of the brain tissues and the sufferer may experience memory loss.
Memory loss is something quite terrifying when serious, and cannot be treated with drugs, but research now indicates that dietary measures can prevent or contain the seriousness of the problem. Diets that have a high content of leafy vegetables, fruits, cereals, legumes and fish are believed to be beneficial, while large amounts of red meat, alcohol and foods with saturated fats are harmful and may accelerate memory loss. Studies have in fact found that the occurrence of memory loss causing disorders is much lower among populations where vegetarian foods and fish are the main components of the diet, while proportionately high among groups where the diet is rich in fats and cholesterol.
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