Short-term memory loss: Causes and Treatment

May 1, 2011

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 short-term memory loss
 Short-term memory loss, or transient global amnesia - this is a temporary memory disorder in which part or all of a man's memories disappear temporarily. Often the patient can not remember where he is and how he got there; he was not able to answer, what happened a few hours, days or even years earlier. As a rule, short-term memory impairment person is able to remember who he is, and find their loved ones, but this problem is no less significant. Fortunately, such a breach is rare, almost no harm to humans and the likelihood of recurrence is very low. As a rule, short-term memory loss episodes quickly run out, and then the memory is restored in full.

 Short-term memory loss: Causes and Treatment


A doctor can diagnose a short-term memory loss on the basis of the following symptoms:

  • The sudden loss of memory, confirmed by others.
  • Saving one's own identity, despite the loss of memory.
  • The normal way of thinking, including - the ability to recognize and name the objects previously known to man, and follow the simple instructions.
  • The lack of signs pointing to brain damage, such as paralysis of the limbs, involuntary movement, or impaired ability to understand some words.
  • Duration of an episode short term memory loss is not more than twenty-four hours.
  • The gradual return of memory.
  • Absence seizures during the entire episode of amnesia.
  • The absence of a personal history of the patient's epilepsy and recent head injury.

The most common questions asked by those around the person experiencing an episode of the short-term memory loss: "What am I doing here? ", "How did we get here? ", and so on.

When any signs of memory impairment, confusion and changes in the level of consciousness of the person should immediately seek medical help.

Often the patient is unable to call an ambulance; surrounding people should take care of it and do not leave a patient until medical help arrives.

Although short-term memory loss is not dangerous, it can not immediately be distinguished from life-threatening conditions that can also cause sudden loss of memory. To determine the cause of violations need to undergo a thorough medical examination.

 Short-term memory loss: Causes and Treatment


The mechanism of short-term memory loss is not yet clear. Obviously, there is a link between this disorder and migraine in the personal history of the patient. Triggers short-term memory loss may include:

  • The sharp dip in cold or hot water.
  • Intensive exercise.
  • Sexual intercourse.
  • Medical procedures such as angiography or endoscopy Endoscopy - not only diagnosis but also treatment procedure  Endoscopy - not only diagnosis but also treatment procedure
  • Mild head injury.
  • Acute emotional stress that can be caused by negative news, conflicts or recycling.

 Short-term memory loss: Causes and Treatment

Risk factors

  • Age. The development of short-term memory loss is more likely in people over the age of fifty years than in younger.
  • Migraine in personal history. The exact reasons for this are unknown, but it is clear that the presence of migraine in the personal history of a person greatly increases the risk of short-term memory loss compared to those who have never suffered from migraines.

Interestingly, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are closely linked with the development of stroke, are not risk factors for short-term memory loss Loss of memory - not only in telenovelas  Loss of memory - not only in telenovelas
 . Biological sex also increases the likelihood of developing this disorder.

 Short-term memory loss: Causes and Treatment


In short-term memory loss is no direct complications, but it can cause severe emotional stress. Many people who have experienced short-term amnesia, for some time anxiously awaiting repeated episodes. Against the background of such stress How to beat stress? Create an oasis  How to beat stress? Create an oasis
   may develop increased anxiety Anxiety - how to distinguish normal from disease?  Anxiety - how to distinguish normal from disease?
   and other psychological problems that require professional help.

Asthenic syndrome - the state of constant fatigue

December 31, 2013

 asthenic syndrome
 Asthenic syndrome - a condition which is characterized by a constant feeling of fatigue, which is independent of lifestyle, that is, the person may feel tired after the operation, and in the morning, barely awake. In most cases, constant fatigue is associated with various diseases, and after successful treatment of the symptoms of asthenic syndrome disappear. However, in some cases, asthenic syndrome develops in generally healthy persons.


Asthenic syndrome, or simple fatigue?

This is one of the first questions, which tries to answer the doctor during the examination of the patient, which are signs of asthenic syndrome. The main difference between this disorder is that the symptoms are almost never disappear completely, while the fatigue goes away after a shorter or longer vacation. In some patients, the symptoms of asthenic syndrome are most pronounced in the morning, and fatigue, on the contrary, enhanced the evening. Fatigue, weakness, lethargy patient with asthenic syndrome may be accompanied by pain in different parts of the body, constipation, bloating, flatulence power.


Reasons asthenic syndrome

Numerous studies indicate that, in recent decades, the number of patients suffering from asthenic syndrome is increasing steadily, and the reasons for this are numerous socioeconomic factors: poor living conditions, problems with work, heavy and / or prolonged stress.

Regular processing is one of the most common causes of asthenic syndrome. Currently, many people are working overtime, and dedicate a lot of time further education for a successful career, which in itself is not bad, but could have negative health effects, especially if such a life brings man a little pleasure. Other factors, such as divorce, moving, birth, illness, relatives significantly increase the likelihood of asthenic syndrome. A man who lives long in a state of extreme stress may eventually begin to notice that the dream Dreams: how to understand our dreams  Dreams: how to understand our dreams
   no longer recovers his strength, he almost always feels the muscle tension becomes irritable without any objective reasons, and working less efficiently. He always want to rest, but the rest does not help get rid of fatigue.

The reasons for asthenic syndrome can also be brain damage, some cardiovascular diseases, infections and disorders of the endocrine system. Some types of cancer can also cause long-lasting fatigue and weakness.



When complaints asthenia patient is usually prescribed a blood test (to prevent infection and anemia) test to check liver function tests for thyroid hormones Tests for thyroid hormones - screening for diseases  Tests for thyroid hormones - screening for diseases
 . If necessary, it can be used, and other diagnostic procedures. If any disease is found, the doctor may refer the patient to a specialist in mental disorders, to prevent depression Depression - a little more than a bad mood  Depression - a little more than a bad mood



If asthenic syndrome is caused by one or another disease that is assigned to a special treatment using antibiotics, hormones, antidepressants, and so on.

In cases where the asthenic syndrome there is no obvious reason why the patient is generally recommended lifestyle changes. Of the drugs normally used only vitamins, amino acids, and moderate amounts of promoters (typically caffeine).

The balance of work and rest - one of the most important aspects in the treatment of asthenic syndrome, the cause of which is not a disease. The patient has to find time for their own interests (even if he loves his work, from it will still need to be distracted), to communicate with his family and friends to simply unwind and bring thoughts in order. It is desirable (though not always possible) to the patient was a strict schedule - should be given a certain number of hours of work, training and leisure.

Healthy diet - another important factor in the treatment of asthenic syndrome .  Modern inhabitant of the western world consumes more calories than it consumes people who lived here fifty (and even more - a hundred or more) years ago, .  However, an increase in caloric intake is not accompanied by an increase in its nutritional value: many people lack essential vitamins and minerals .  The diet of a person suffering from asthenic syndrome, must include fruits and vegetables, high-quality protein foods and unsaturated fats .  At the same time, it is important to avoid strict diets - lack of energy coming into the body with food, can lead to greater fatigue .  Also, even perfectly healthy, fresh man is not always possible to sustain a diet - slimming often break down and begin to "eat off" rolls, chips, chocolate, and other foods that contain large amounts of simple carbohydrates .  A person suffering from asthenia, this may lead to increased stress How to beat stress? Create an oasis  How to beat stress? Create an oasis
   (due to feelings of guilt and dissatisfaction with himself) and, consequently, to a deterioration in his condition.

For patients with asthenic syndrome is very important regular exercise.

It is strongly recommended to choose the types of stress that bring the patient to the greatest pleasure - then training can be really effective cure for constant lethargy.

Healthy sleep - is another effective remedy for asthenic syndrome. The patient must get enough sleep every day, no matter how it is loaded work or school. Sleep should be in a quiet, cool room and, preferably, in total darkness. It is very important to go to bed every day and get up at the same time - the studies show that it promotes the most complete relaxation.

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