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Can depression cause memory loss ?

Can depression cause memory loss ?

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

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


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Severe memory loss? Causes?

Severe memory loss? Causes?

Many causes: The common causes of memory loss are usually metabolic developments found in older peoples' brains. When a young man suffers marked memory loss, head trauma, drugs abuse and induced severe hypoglycemia, must be at the top of your list. Remember those cases of amnesia reported that happen, because of intent to treat to cause amnesia. ...Read more

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Can extreme stress or depression cause permanent memory loss?

Can extreme stress or depression cause permanent memory loss?

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

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Does antidepressants cause memory loss ?

Does antidepressants cause memory loss
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It could: Depression itself can cause memory loss, and that is the more likely case here. However, you should see a doctor for your memory problem, because it could be something else. ...Read more

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Could depression/stress cause short term memory loss?

Could depression/stress cause short term memory loss?

Yes: One of the more common issues with poor memory performance is depression and/or stress. Disinterest and in attention along with easy distractability make one appear to have memory loss. ...Read more

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Can benzos cause memory lost?

Can benzos  cause  memory  lost?

Absolutely: Benzodiazepines like valium, xanax (alprazolam) and ativan can cause significant loss of memory, confusion and addiction. See your physician for assistance in stopping these medications. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What causes mental fog, loss of memory & forgetfulness?

What causes mental fog, loss of memory & forgetfulness?

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 more

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Does cymbalta (duloxetine) cause short term memory loss or worsen memory in general?

Does cymbalta (duloxetine) cause short term memory loss or worsen memory in general?

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

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Is memory loss related to statins?

Is memory loss related to statins?

Contraversial: But I think that memory and cognitive issues do occur, especially in older patients. A recent paper suggests that my opinion is wrong, but the study was done by drug industry, so, consider the source. ...Read more

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Can major depression cause memorie loss?

Can major depression cause memorie loss?

Yes: Depression causes the loss of brain cells in the limbus system which includes the hippocampi. Treatment, whether medicinal or psychotherapy, triggers the brain to release brain- derived neurotrophic factor, essentially nerve growth factor in the brain which helps return memory to where it was before you got sick. It helps brain cells grow back! ...Read more

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Will ssris cause memory loss ?

Will ssris cause memory loss
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NO: Unless you take an overdose -- in which case the memory loss would be temporary, but probably the least of your problems. Rarely, some SSRI's cause word finding problems. ...Read more

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Can flashbacks precede short term memory loss?

Can flashbacks precede short term memory loss?

NO !: There is no relationship. Short term memory loss may be due to lack of concentration or stress unless it is persistent or progressive. ...Read more

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Can diabetes cause memory loss?

Can diabetes cause memory loss?

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

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Might concussions cause memory loss?

Might concussions cause memory loss?

Memory loss: Concussion causes 2 types of amnesia. Retrograde amnesia means a loss if information from the injury back in time. The most likely loss is recently learned info. You may get the info back. A prograde amnesia is amnesia from the injury forward in time. You are not laying down new memory traces at that time. It is unlikely you will regain memory loss from prograde amnesia. ...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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How do symptoms of memory loss happen, speciffically memory loss headaches and slurred speach?

Many possibilities: No way to answer this on healthtap, you need to see your primary care doctor or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Disorder in the brain with normal memory loss and a memory loss disorder?

Disorder in the brain with normal memory loss and a memory loss disorder?

What's the question?: I'd like to help, but am not sure what your question is. ...Read more

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How is memory loss related to depression?

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 more

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Can depression cause memory loss and lack of concentration?

Can depression cause memory loss and lack of concentration?

It can: Yes, these can both be symptoms of depression. If you are not getting professional mental health care- please consider this beneficial option. ...Read more

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Amnesia (Definition)

Amnesia is forgetfulness, which can be ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory (Definition)

Memory is the ability to recall information ...Read more