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At age 30, is it normal to have bad short term memory loss? What could this mean?

At age 30, is it normal to have bad short term memory loss? What could this mean?

Not normal: You should see your pcp about this complaint. There are many causes of short term memory problems in young patients. The most common is depression, anxiety disorder, or substance abuse but there are many other (organic) causes also, including vision change, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, etc. As you can see, this is a very broad topic and needs full discuss with a md. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys? " or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child? " There also can be catastrophic memory loss such as ...Read more


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Having short term memory loss really bad?

Having short term memory loss really bad?

Unclear: Short-term memory loss at age 45 is unusual. Sometimes depression can cause this symptom. Also, medical conditions such as hypothyroidism and B12 deficiency. See if you have any other symptoms, and check yourself for those conditions. In an otherwise completely healthy adult without symptoms, short-term memory loss needs to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I'm 23, f, writer by profession, have anxiety, depression & short term memory loss. Taking meds. Cant concentrate. I badly need to finish a script. Help pls?

Mindfulness Training: If you've already tried medications, then try mindfulness meditation training, which has statistically shown great benefits in regards to anxiety, depression, and concentration. ...Read more

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What causes short term memory loss?

What causes short term memory loss?

Many conditions: Many diseases and injuries cause short term memory loss. Head injury is one of the most common causes in young people, while dementia is one of the most common causes in older adults. Other causes include tumors, medication effects, nutritional deficiency, epilepsy, sleep deprivation, stroke, pseudodementia, and many others. A neuropsychological and neurological evaluation can identify the cause. ...Read more

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What is short term memory loss like?

What is short term memory loss like?

Can't remember event: Examples might be forgetting what one did earlier in the day or yesterday; losing things like keys, cell phones, wallet. Not remembering to eat a meal, take prescribed meds, or keep scheduled dates. ...Read more

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How do I cope with short term memory loss?

How do I cope with short term memory loss?

Forget about it.....: Lol. Could not resist. Depends ho bad the memory loss is and how it is affecting you. If it is impacting your daily life and ability to function, please see your physician. You may also seek the help of an acupuncturist/chinese medicine practitioner as their skills can help balance the body. Regular exercise, decreasing junk food, adding omega three fatty acids may also be helpful. ...Read more

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How does short term memory loss affect you?

How does short term memory loss affect you?

Short term memory: Loss makes it extremely difficult to remember the most recent event, like what you had for breakfast or the conversation you had just minutes ago. It can be frustrating and difficult to cope with but patience and humor helps. Long term memory can remain intact. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What can you do for short term memory loss?

What can you do for short term memory loss?

Keep occupied: There is some evidence to show that having an active life, different interests having a higher level of brain activity may delay the onset or progression of dementia. ...Read more

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What is the cause of short term memory loss?

Many causes: There are many causes of short term memory loss. In the younger patients (< 50-60 years), the common causes include head injury, stroke, drug use, alcohol. In the elderly, the common causes include alzheimer's disease, stroke, parkinson's disease, and normal pressure hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Short-term memory loss a definite with ageing?

Not so.: About 50% of the elderly never develop dementia, but our intellectual faculties do slow as we get older. It may take a bit longer to recall facts, but short term memory loss is not a normal feature of aging. Lack of sleep, emotional stress, and poor nutrition can hurt focus and concentration. ...Read more

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What is worse, short term memory loss or long?

Depends: You're probably thinking of aging issues and ultimately dementia. Most aging memory losses are seen 1st as short-term problems because they can have major impacts on daily functioning. Few people will care if you forget you 5th grade teacher's name but your family will worry if you forget to pay bills, take meds, how to get home. But you'd care if you lose parts of your identity that you value. ...Read more

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Have short term memory loss and mci been linked?

Yes: If the memory problem is real, meaning that we have excluded, treatable causes such as depression and normal forgetfulness, it can be a sign of mci (mlid cognitive impairment). ...Read more

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What are common causes of short term memory loss?

Several: Intoxication, aging, alzheimer's, thiamine deficiency, stroke, brain radiation, electroconvulsive therapy, medication side effects, seizures, encephalitis, traumatic brain injury, hypoxia, cardiac arrest etc. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have short term memory loss at 60?

Is it normal to have short term memory loss at 60?

Normal aging-usually: As we age, short term memory loss tends to become more frequent and noticeable. This is normal aging. If memory problems become more pervasive and are increasing in frequency, you should seek an evaluation by a neurologist to rule out more serious causes of memory loss. ...Read more

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Having short term memory loss any ways to get help?

Having short term memory loss any ways to get help?

Many choices: First, rule out med problems or side effects of medications. Keep track of when the memory losses occur. Only when stressed or anxious? Learn to pay attention more closely to information that you will need to recall shortly. Study memory techniquess (mnemonics). Rehearse what you need to recall (after meeting someone, repeat his name). Put lists of tasks or appts on doors or cell phone! ...Read more

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Is short-term memory loss a complication of a fall?

Is short-term memory loss a complication of a fall?

Brain injury?: Question perhaps of severity of your fall, and if you did have a head injury, thus, a traumatic brain injury. But have you started a new medicine that can affect memory? Do you have thyroid problem or b-12 deficiency? Lots of possibilities, and could include stress, depression, lack of sleep. See your doctor and sort out. ...Read more

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What is causing this extreme short term memory loss?

Possibly serious: So, see your doctor or go directly for a neurological evaluation. There is little you will gain from putting it off and there could be great benefits from early diagnosis and treatment. You might also discover that it is less extreme than you fear. Go! now or really soon. Okay? ...Read more

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What would cause my short term memory loss at age 50?

Many things: It could be depression. But really, you should see a family doctor as a first step to get a full evaluation and proper referral. ...Read more

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