- Short-term memory loss: Causes and Treatment
What is the loss of memory?
Interesting event or emotional experience to remember more than a routine event. Memory loss - the inability to maintain certain memories, the inability to recall information. Memory loss, amnesia often called, is characterized, in the first place, it is impossible to remember any of the events. The degree of amnesia may be different: sometimes the person is not able to recall the events that took place recently, and sometimes - the facts from the distant past.
Types of memory loss
Depending on the cause of the memory loss, it may be gradual or sudden, temporary or permanent. In some cases, the loss of memory is limited by the inability to remember recent events have taken place, and in other cases - inability to recall events that occurred in the past.
Transient global amnesia - a rare condition characterized by complete but temporary loss of memory. On the other hand, in the case of a person with anterograde amnesia can not remember recent events that have occurred after any injury, however, is able to recall the events that occurred in the past. Finally, retrograde amnesia is characterized by the inability of a person to recall the events that anticipate or led to the injury, but all following the events that are remembered easily.
Causes of short-term memory loss
Short-term memory loss - a symptom of many different disorders: cause it could become certain diseases, depression, infections, injuries, dyslexia, a side effect of certain drugs, or persistent abuse of alcohol or drugs. Among the most common causes of loss of memory - alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, brain tumor, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, depression, human immunodeficiency virus, meningitis
Meningitis - an inflammation of the meninges
Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, stroke and senility.
Among other causes of short-term memory loss include cerebrovascular disorders, cranial trauma, neurodegenerative disease, normal pressure hydrocephalus, thyroid disease, sleep disorders, transient ischemic attack, Wilson's disease, a psychological disorder.
One of the most likely causes short-term memory loss is considered an insult; according to the scientists of the National Association for Combating stroke US violated as a result of stroke, blood circulation in the brain can affect the mechanism for storing information in various ways man. Some patients have suffered from a stroke, not able to remember new information after the incident.
In some cases, short-term memory loss may cause traumatic brain injury, which was the result of a concussion.
One of the least common, but, nevertheless, likely causes short-term memory loss - an unbalanced diet: trying to get rid of the extra kilos, people follow a rigid diet, which can lead to unstable blood sugar. Low blood sugar
Blood sugar - one of the main indicators of human health
It is a constant feeling of drowsiness and can lead to short-term memory loss.
A number of psychological disorders - including dissociative disorders - can cause short-term memory loss.
Moreover, the cause of short-term memory loss may be an oxygen deficiency in the brain as a result of choking or drowning. Respiratory problems may also reduce the oxygen level in the blood and thus cause the oxygen deficiency in the brain /
There are several types of infections can cause short-term memory loss. Among them - Lyme disease, tuberculosis,
Tuberculosis - a full recovery is not guaranteed
, Tertiary syphilis
Syphilis - punishment of Venus
AIDS. In addition, the cause of short-term memory loss may be developing a brain tumor.
Short-term memory loss as a result of depression
Psychological stress can cause a variety of mental disorders, including - short-term memory loss. Studies show that stress hormones destroy or inhibit the growth of brain cells, thereby affecting the mechanism of human memory information. The longer the depression, the greater the damage.
The cause of short-term memory loss can be hormonal imbalance: for example, during menopause many women suffer from short-term memory loss.
According to the Office of the Food and Drug Administration a number of medications can cause short-term memory loss. Among these drugs - antidepressants, anti-psychotics, sleeping pills, pain relievers. Cause short term memory loss drugs such as procyclidine, kemadrin, disipal, timolol, blokadren.
The interaction of certain drugs can also cause short-term memory loss: for example, the interaction of imipramine and baclofen, apo-imipramine and baclofen, imprina and baclofen.
Treatment of short-term memory loss
Regularly conducted scientific studies show that a balanced diet helps to prevent or slow the progression of memory loss. Restore the normal mechanism of memory helps vegetables, fruits, cereals, fish - but red meat, alcohol and foods high in saturated fats, on the contrary, can accelerate the loss of memory.
In the treatment of short-term memory loss and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as special exercises for the development of brain activity, certain medications, and herbal supplements.
If memory loss, chronic and interferes with daily routine, you should consult your doctor who will determine the cause and prescribe treatment.
How to cope with loss of memory?
- The more people paying attention to the process, which is not available, the more likely that memories of it will be delayed in the long-term memory.
- At the first sign of violation of the mechanism of memorization is necessary to give up alcohol and drugs.
- Record daily activities and events help to recall a certain period of time.
- Healthy sleep helps to cope with loss of memory - daily should be given to sleep at least 8 hours.
- Saying phrases aloud makes it easier to remember them.
- Perhaps the most necessary measure in the fight against memory loss - and constant activity of the body and the brain - the proper blood circulation and a healthy lifestyle will prevent irreversible brain damage.
With age, the ability to learn becomes worse, and in old age, many people are not able to clearly remember the events - for example, many elderly people in the conversation asked the same question several times, because they can not remember what he had asked.
If you notice these symptoms of memory loss need to convince the person to consult a doctor and be patient in dealing with him. Stress, accompanied by a loss of memory, can only exacerbate the process.
In no case should not be allowed when communicating with a person suffering from memory disorders, the most common mistake - to treat him like a child. With such people need to communicate as with normal adults.