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What is STM?: Short-term memory (stm) refers to the ability to remember info for about a minute. For example, if given a list of ten random digits to recall, you should be able to recall immediately about 7 digits (+/- 2). Stm is not a unified process. It is made up of attention, storage, search, and recall. If you are not paying attention to begin with, stm will be poor. Anxiety can also reduce stm. ...Read more
Can't make memory: The parts of the brain involved with making new memories (hippocampus and its connections) function less well with age and with disorders such as alzheimer's. Once a memory has become set in the brain (consolidated) the memory areas are not needed to access the information. Thus memory loss usually affects newer more than older memories. ...Read more
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
Yes: No one's memory is perfect. Psychologists distinguish (1) failing to remember details that weren't "recorded" in the first place, e.g., due to inattention or distraction, versus (2) inability to recall details that were consciously noted when they happened. True short-term memory loss is the 2nd of these. But everyone has both, at least occasionally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If you are concerned about a specific memory such as that around the time of the concussion, that is likely to be permanently lost as the patient is frequently unconscious for a bit of that time. If you are concerned about losing the ability to remember things-short term memory- this is usually transient. It may be a permanent problem. This is more likely, the more severe the head injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Cognitex: Order at www.Lef.Org (life exension foundation) get etsted though for why you are having memory loss. Depression, burnout, anxiety. Thyroid problems can all cause this, as well as vitamin deficiences of b12, folate, (folic acid) vit d, thiamine, lyme's disease, ms, lupus, sjoegen's, and ahost of other conditions. Please dicuss this with your family doctor and get a neuro consult and neuropsych testing done. ...Read more
Not easy answer: The memory issues after anesthesia and surgery have been the focus of many studies. It is unclear if anesthesia by itself or if surgery and anesthesia or if surgery by itself is what causes postoperative cognitive dusfunction. There is no know treatment and there is no known proven way to prevent pocd except by not having surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more
Yes: It is not at all uncommon, but concentration loss is worse than the memory loss. The memory loss is not bad enough to be picked up on a standard mini mental status exam by your psychiatrist in their office, but subtle memory and iq loss has been documented in studies of bipolar patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ooooooohh, you asked: a hotly debated question. My experience is that psychiatrists tend to say "No" and to not tell you enough about even the short-term side effects. GP's do the same for most prescriptions. Researchers, however, don't have the same motivations and have done loads of studies on this--some saying meds are good, some bad--long term. Here's a starting reference: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=antidepressants+long+term+effects+on+brain&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj7jaf8hbLJAhVGOogKHd5MCg4QgQMIGzAA ...Read more
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
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
What are the cognitive impairments? Do those from long term benzodiazapine use persist even after stopping them?
Yes it can.: It can depend on what you mean by "as needed." Clonazepam can cause sedation and it is not unusual for someone taking it to not be as alert, and for their brain to not process what's going on around them in exactly the same way, thus making it difficult to retrieve memories when called upon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Head injury: It depends. Usually, short term memory deficits are most common. For mild or moderate patient will not develop long term memory lost significantly. If if occurs, you need report to you physician and have more examination to rule out other issues, such as brain tumor, stroke, intracranial bleeding etc. And rule out psychiatric disorder. ...Read more
Small blood clots : As we get older we notice that we tend to forget things and it gets more difficult to do some of the things that we used to do. Much of this is a natural aging process but is caused by the lack of blood and oxygen to various parts of the brain. Very small blood clots and pieces of cholesterol plaques make their way to the brain and cut off the blood supply in very small vessels. More.... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Might it be possible that a a seizure cause short/long term memory loss before you have a seizure?
37 year old male, experiencing short and long term memory loss, hard time remembering names, can't find words when speaking, what do you suggest?
See neurologist: Sometimes antihistamines can give similar symptoms, but it is safer to check it out. ...Read more
I have taken 60 mg of temazepam since 2007. It helps with sleeping and anietxy. Should i be concerned with long term memory loss.
Your what?: Oh yes, your memory. I have 800 outpatients. Some are on that dose. I am a psychiatrist and am also a boarded sleep medicine specialist. I have been in my current practice for 21 years. I worry more about ambien, (zolpidem) because of the number of people I have seen develop amnesia on it. I have never seen anyone develop amnesia on temazepam, even at 60 mg doses. 20% of my psych patients have sleep apnea, so I am vigilant about sleeping issues in my practice. I don't think that anyone is comfortable having people on long-term benzodiazepines. However, many people simply need long-term benzodiazepine management. You do have a lot of years ahead of you. Since we really don't know the long-term liability of benzodiazepine use on the memory, it is always best whenever possible to convert to something that might be less of concern. Trazodone comes to mind as a potentially good option. Seroquel is a good sleep drug but it carries more liability long-term then temazepam. Discuss other options with your psychiatrist please. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Simple partial seizures, painful headaches like cutting my brain in two that last for a few seconds, long term memory loss. What is happening to me?
Seizures continue: Please contact your neurologist. And talk about treatment options because of the symptoms that you are experiencing. They are likely being caused by your seizures themselves. The symptoms sound very painful. Your neurologist may opt to monitor you on an eeg monitoring unit in hospital. Some causes of memory loss include loss of oxygen ( night-time grand mal), medications, and low B12 or folate (folic acid). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aspergers: Not exactly. If you have met one aspie you have met one aspie. Here is an intro.. Check out this video on youtube: http://youtu.Be/xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more
30 yr old female. Been having very bad memory loss. Both short and long term memory being affected. Should I contact pcp?
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
I have schizoaffective and suffer memory loss, complex partial seizures, and I have three voices, and violent psychosis. Any long term inpatient prog?
Being studied now!: Seems a quite active area for research now. Much would depend on reasons for the loss of smell sense. Also, without a trauma or disease cause, there are studies looking into that as a very early indicator of future alzheimer's or parkinson's. Efforts are all over the MAP - it's an interesting question. Some love this sense - others care less. I'd miss it a lot, so if this is you, i feel your loss. ...Read more
Can loss of one important long term memory with full recovery of the same upon pointing out the loss in a healthy elderly lady be due to ministroke?
Unlikely: Mini stroke can affect memory but requires many not one. A form of dementia called multi infarction dementia. Remember the brain is the fabric of our persona. If enough events occur can alter us per mantle. If you are worried suggest seeing physician diagnostic studies can be performed. Key is prevention ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consider the source: As a psychiatrist i may not be your best source for this answer but if you were a family member i would get tested for lyme's disease as well as what more familiar specialists would suggest. ...Read more
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