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are there any fatal illnesses/diseases that cause insanity or memory loss?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Yes: Huntington's chorea, parkinson's disease, alzheimer's disease, multi-infarct dementia, picks disease, and prion diseases such as creutzfeld jacobs disease or mad cow disease.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
There are many others. Syphilis is still very much with us. Whipple's is an often-overlooked illness that can involve the brain.
Dec 8, 2013
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Thanks for your input Dr. Friedlander. I would have never thought of Whipple's. I suppose here is where I get to mention HIV however.
Dec 8, 2013

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Is memory loss a normal part of old aging?

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Dr. Aletha Tippett
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In general, aging can cause some memory loss, but other health problems (malnutrition, heart disease, depression, etc), inactivity, lack of mental stimulation & social isolation affect memory. The elderly typically have more health problems, less exercise & less social support than younger people. Keep your memory sharp w/ exercise (mental & physical), a balanced diet & by maintaining friendships.
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Does a pituitary tumor affect your memory?

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Not directly: The pituitary is far enough from the brain that a tumor would not directly affect the brain. However, a pituitary tumor can cause abnormal hormone levels, that could affect concentration, judgment, and memory.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which drugs are known to cause memory loss?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
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Many: Anti- anxiety medications like benzodiazepines (xanax). Several medications are problems for elderly, antihistamines, medications for overactive bladder. "statins" for cholesterol have caused reversible memory loss so severe, doctors thought it was alzheimer's. Ask your doctor before stopping medications, esp. The cholesterol and anxiety medications. The memory loss is reversible.
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What are the causes of memory loss among young people?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
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Depression?: Normal forgetfulness can occur due to preoccupation, lack of concentration or depression. If severe and recent other etiologies may be present.
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Look for illegal drug use as well.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is there any possibility of amnesia or short-term delirium?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Fairly common: Toxic delirium occurs when you drink too much or take too many drugs. Severe infections can produce similar symptoms. Serious head injuries can cause memory lose and confusion. A form of migraine can produce similar symptoms. The post ictal state following a seizure is associated with memory loss and confusion.

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