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Dr. Monica Michel Dr. Michel
Family Medicine
8 years in practice
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Can add cause short term memory problems?

Can add cause short term memory problems?

Yes: Often ADD can make someone forgetful, making it seem like they have memory problems. Hope this helps. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
382 doctors shared insights

Memory Loss (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Please tell me can endometriosis and pmt cause short term memory problems?

Please tell me can endometriosis and pmt cause short term memory problems?

No reason it would: There should be no direct link between these gynecological conditions and memory function. However, worry about the conditions, pain from them, side effects of their treatments can all have effects on your mental functioning. With your attention impaired and distracted by those things it is possible your memory would suffer. Mindfulness Meditation helps. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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If ECT can cause short term memory problems, won't that affect your ability to work post-procedure?

If you or your doc: is considering ECT you probably have intractable depression that has not responded to other treatments. Your ability to work may well be impacted more by major depression than by the side-effects of ECT which can include memory problems. So, all depends on the type of work you are doing and balancing risk-benefit of depressionp of ECT. Alternate is TMS http://articles.mcall.com/2011-09-03/health/mc-allentown-brain-stimulation-depression-20110903_1_transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-depression-treatment-stimulation-therapy ...Read more

Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Can c diff cause short-term memory problems in an 87 yr old with no previous memory problem?

Can  c diff cause short-term memory problems in an 87 yr old with no previous memory problem?

I do not think: Of c diff per se. However, any acute illness in an elderly patient can result in cognitive deficits. If it is related to the stress of the illness and changes in routine it will likely improve as the patient does. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Weiner Dr. Weiner
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Can Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) cause short term memory problems?

Can Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) cause short term memory problems?

Good question: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) generally improves concentration, so it should improve memory because you'd be able to focus better. However, sometimes Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) increases anxiety, and that could cause a memory issues. Speak to your physician to sort that through. Hope this answer helped. ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Chand Dr. Chand
Psychiatry
22 years in practice
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Seth G. S. Medical College
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Dr. Carlos Barrios Dr. Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
19 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Short term memory problems at 22. Long term memory is not impaired. Once information is learned it is stored forever. What can cause this? ADHD?

Short term memory problems at 22. Long term memory is not impaired. Once information is learned it is stored forever. What can cause this? ADHD?

Many causes possible: ButI always ask my patients in a psychiatric evaluation: were you ever a really good student in elementary school? If so, most like it is not ADHD. Why? because ADHD shows up early in life not later, say in middle school onwards. In fact, the American Academy of pediatrics has pushed detection to include preschoolers. If affecting daily life, see a doc to rule out any physical issues first. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I wake up after each dream/rem episode. Been tired, groggy, and having short term memory problem for months. What could be the cause/reason?

Sleep disorder: Would not be surprised if you had some sleep apnea issues, which could disrupt your sleep pattern with secondary cognitive issues. Other issues could be the answer, however, and may be best to explore via an overnight sleep study. Explore this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Gurr Dr. Gurr
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
Hofstra University North Shore LIJ School of Medicine
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Can anxiety cause short term memory probs? Like where you put your keys, phone, ect? Worried about brain tumor! Memory problems = brain tumor?

Can anxiety cause short term memory probs? Like where you put your keys, phone, ect? Worried about brain tumor! Memory problems = brain tumor?

Anxiety and memory: The simple answer is "yes". Anxiety interferes with concentration and focusing. It is very common to be a bit scattered when experiencing anxiety. Memory problems do not suggest you have a brain tumor. So, relax about your memory lapses. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Cheng Dr. Cheng
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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I have frequent short term memory problems which greatly interfere with my productivity. What is the reason?

I have frequent short term memory problems which greatly interfere with my productivity. What is the reason?

Many possibilities: Short term memory loss can be due to a variety of causes. In younger individuals where we are less concerned about dementia, the most common reason for the loss is stress. Stress "occupies" our brain and some things don't "stick to our brain" as well as it should. Older individuals need to be concerned about the possibility of dementia. See your doctor if you continue to have memory issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Can you tell me about having short term memory problems from high blood pressure?

Can you tell me about having short term memory problems from high blood pressure?

BP and short-term memory: Increasing damage to the brain blood vessels caused by untreated hypertension could eventually lead to memory loss because non-memory areas of the brain are not able to keep up. www.neurology.org/content/64/8/e28.full this is a great little article that reviews this topic in a very clear and understandable sort of way. It is very informative. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay Dr. Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
17 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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I've been suffering with short term memory problems, and confusion ct scan shows nothing what could this be?

Depends on age, hist: This forum is limited to 400 characters. I'm afraid a diagnosis is not possible. By using HealthTap Prime & talking to a live doctor, you're much more likely to get answers. Aside from memory problems, we'll need more details about your medical problems, medications you take, what runs in your family, etc. Alzheimer's disease isn't seen on CT scan. Nor are delirium (from meds) or electrolytes.TTYD ...Read more

Dr. Ernest Bordini Dr. Bordini
Clinical Psychology
28 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments, what do you recommend?

Monitoring & consult: This is not uncommon, and can improve, but without good pre and post surgical neurological and neuropsychological evaluation it can be difficult to determine the cause or course. Subjective memory complaints are often not related to actual performance. Consultation with the treating providers and a neuropsychologist would be a place to start. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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I'm having short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments can you help?

I'm having short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments can you help?

Your treating Doctor: Ask your treating doctor. He/she knows your case much better than i can venture to guess. Memory can be affected by brain tumors or by treatment. There is no immediate solution to this problem; it may get better with time provided your cancer is under control. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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I am having short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments. Is there any way to improve my memory?

I am having short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments. Is there any way to improve my memory?

Many have catalogued: Cognitive deficits after brain radiotherapy treatment. Few are permanent, but some may me. Time will tell, and no specific post treatment pill fixes this. Another image is needed to assure that there are no anatomic causes, and there are issues like hydrocephalus that need evalaution. Formal testing of cognition can measure change, positive or negative. Discuss with oncologist/neurologist. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Currently i have suffered mild short term memory problem. It has been about 1 year plus. How to overcome it?

Not sure what: you mean by short term memory. Visual memory, verbal memory, implicit memory, working memory, procedural memory, autobiographical or factual declarative memory ? Is this in isolation or are there issues with other cognitive domains like visual spatial processing, language processing, frontal executive function (judgement, planning, reasoning etc)? What is the presumptive cause ? Treat the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Took 1.5g magic mushrooms over a month ago. Started to have some memory problems after. Really impaired short term memory over last month. Get better?

Took 1.5g magic mushrooms over a month ago. Started to have some memory problems after. Really impaired short term memory over last month. Get better?

Memory problems: Can be from several things. The anxiety about taking the magic mushrooms may be one reason or a substance you ingested may be another. Please see your do. He'/she can diagnose and monitor you. Please keep this in mind so you can make healthy choices in the future. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. Soren Singel Dr. Singel
Neurosurgery
25 years in practice
Free University of Berlin Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Justin ORourke Dr. ORourke
Clinical Psychology
6 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Jefferson Chen Dr. Chen
Neurosurgery
30 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. William Herrera
64 doctors shared insights

Memory Problems (Definition)

Impaired memory is a clinical finding in which a person has abnormal difficulty recalling knowledge that was ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory (Definition)

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