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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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How effective is electroconvulsive shock therapy for bipolar and psychotic disorder?

How effective is electroconvulsive shock therapy for bipolar and psychotic disorder?

ECT: ECT is typically used for cases of severe depression, and not bipolar/psychotic disorders. ECT was once used much more widely than it is now. ...Read more

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Can electroshock therapy cause memory loss?

Can electroshock therapy cause memory loss?

ECT: Temporary, depending on whether ECT was used unilaterally or bilaterally, as well as the no. Of tx 's & the underlying condition of the individual. ...Read more

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What specifc therapy can be given to multi infarct stroke dementia patient, 67, to improve cognitive functions and part memory loss. Also need tips for the caregiver to understand the patients needs?

What specifc therapy can be given to multi infarct stroke dementia patient, 67, to improve cognitive functions and part memory loss. Also need tips for the caregiver to understand the patients needs?

Support groups: A support group for caregivers of dementia patients or alzheimer's patients can be very helpful. There you can find out from others what their troubles have been and what they have tried. The alzheimer's association or the alzheimer's foundation of america have good online websites with information that often applies to all types of dementia including multiinfarct or vascular dementia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about bep chemo for testicular cancer and experienced post-therapy brain damage or memory loss?

It's common.: It's common for approximately 30% of patients to experience Post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment, in which they experience impaired attention, memory and reasoning abilities. Recovery varies depending on individual characteristics such as age and other medical conditions. You should consult with your physician to rule out other causes and get a neuropsychological evaluation. ...Read more

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May Accutane cause temporarily memory loss while the treatment?

May Accutane cause temporarily memory loss while the treatment?

Not known effect: That said, just because it isn't, I never discount a person's experience - you could be the first. But no, that's not a commonly known neurological affect associated with Accutane (isotretinoin). ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for short term memory loss?

Writing things down: Make post -its and other reminders. Write down dates in a planner or calendar. Use a friend or loved one to help remind you. Consult your doctor for further evaluation and possible medication. Be sure to consider situational stressors as contributing elements. ...Read more

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I'm 24, female, previously treated for depression&anxiety. Stopped treatment sometime this yr. Been experiencing memory loss.What could this be?

I'm 24, female, previously treated for depression&anxiety. Stopped treatment sometime this yr. Been experiencing memory loss.What could this be?

Depression anxiety: Depression and anxiety can cause problems with memory. There are also certainly physical illnesses such as thyroid disorders, B12 or folate (folic acid) deficiency, and other central nervous system infections etc. That can cause difficulty with memory. I would suspect that yours is due to the stopping of your medication. Please return to your psychiatrist to be restarted on your medications and to be evaluated for any possible underlying physical conditions. Best wishes. Don't forget psychotherapy as well. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever done electroconvulsive therapy and retained memory?

Has anyone ever done electroconvulsive therapy and retained memory?

Effective treatment: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is administered to about 100, 000 people a year. It has been shown in many (but not all) studies to be an effective treatment for severe depression, acute mania, and some schizophrenic symptoms. It is also used with some suicidal patients who would like a quicker effect than is possible with some medications. Memory effects are short-term and very mild. It is safe. ...Read more

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Which kind of memory is disrupted by electroconvulsive therapy?

Which kind of memory is disrupted by electroconvulsive therapy?

Retrograde Amnesia: Memory loss w/ ECT is more likely to impair recent memories than ingrained ones. The more "fresh" the memory, the more likely it may be lost. It is not entire loss of memory, but rather "holes" in your memory. For example, you may remember who attended your recent birthday party, but have no recollection of any gifts. Unilateral electrode placement affects memory more than right unilateral. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia ...Read more


Dr. Paul Gilson
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Amnesia (Definition)

Amnesia is a condition where you are unable to remember new events (anterograde amnesia) and/or you ...Read more