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Does Lupus Cause Short Term Memory Loss
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
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
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
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 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
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
Anterograde amnesia: Technically called anterograde amnesia, this is impaired "recording" of information. Since it isn't recorded into memory, it can't be recalled later. (this is in contrast to retrograde amnesia, where previously stored material can't be retrieved.) there are also deficits in attention and concentration, which in turn can impair memory encoding. Overall, one appears scattered & absent-minded. ...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
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