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Alcohol Related Memory Loss
Chemical imbalance?: Chemical imbalance is very generic word used for various reasons like depression anxiety or any other psychiatric disorder. In that sense, yes it can cause memory issues but not memory loss. Worsening depression and anxiety can cause decrease in concentration, confusion and easy distractibility and forgetfulness. Night mares are a common anxiety phenomenon. ...Read more
Memory is a very: Tricky thing. The simple answer is no. But something called pseudo dementia can happen in older patients who become very depressed. We now feel this is a sign of dementia to come. And, in other psychiatric disorders, patients frequently do not remember acute symptoms, or disordered behaviors. So, memory is a tricky thing. ...Read more
Yes, in a way: There isn't a brain-destructive process like alzheimer's going on in depressed people, but thought process can be slowed to the point of not retaining information. If information isn't getting in, then it won't be remembered later. In the past there was a syndrome of "pseudodementia, " where low energy and poor motivation led to mistaken diagnoses of dementia in older people. ...Read more
Nonspecific symptoms: A very large number of general medical conditions, as well as many neurological and psychiatric illnesses, may cause impairment of attention and concentration with memory problems. The best place to start would be a general checkup on your body's systems by a primary care provider, who could send you to other specialists if needed based on the initial work up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can memory loss effect and affect memory thoughts or recollection in patients that suffer memory loss from motor vehicle accident?
Memory Loss: I understand your concern. Cymbalta may cause short term memory loss. At age 17, possible causes are- ? Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use ? Stress ? Depression ? Sleep deprivation ? Deficiencies in vitamin B1 and B12 ? Underactive or Overactive thyroid gland ? HIV ? Head injury See a Physician for Diagnosis and treatment. See Psychiatrist for Therapy and monitoring of Cymbalta, (duloxetine) Breathing Relax ...Read more
Yes, several ways: Diabetes can be a risk factor for memory issues. The brain needs glucose in order to function, and very low or very high levels can lead to chronic damage of vascular and nervous pathways. Low blood sugar can lead to unconsciousness and death, and often persons who have behavioral issues when their blood sugar is low have no memory for the events. Protect your brain and control your glucose. ...Read more
Indirectly: Time spent watching tv is time away from memory-enhancing activities such as reading, doing crosswords/sudoku/word finders, free smartphone memory apps, playing words with friends, etc... Watching tv is a passive activity; the brain needs to be exercised as much if not more than other body parts. If you don't use it, you lose it! thus watching less tv and doing more active mental exercise is best! ...Read more
It slows brain work: Major Depression is a neuropsychiatric illness; it involves changes in brain centers involved in the regulation of mood, enrgy, thoughts, judgement, planing, appetite, sleep, memory, and perception of self and others; These changes happen due to alteration in neurotransmiters, and receptor responcivity and other hormonal factors; When the depression is alleviated memory improves; ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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