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Memory problems: Memory problems are very common and varied. After illnesses like the ones caused by accidents, you can have blackouts due to head trauma, being forgetful if details of the accident due to post traumatic stress disorder. Other illnesses will evidence with memory loss if affecting the central nervous system like immunological diseases or chronic inflammatory illnesses. ...Read more
Tests: When someone has memory loss, that person's doc will usually do a history and physical exam to rule out any illness, or depression. Tests may be done to make sure there is not a vitamin deficiency, thyroid disorder, or tumour. The doctor may review meds taken to make sure these are not causing memory loss. So begin the assessment by first going to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My dad 86 with pd sometimes becomes non responsive when standing. Lasts 5 to 15 minutes. Just stares down. Has no memory of it. Is this the disease?
Alzheimers: Mild cognitive impairment is a label for the earliest memory or cognitive loss. Memory loss may occur initially in alzheimer's, organizational skill loss may occur early in other dementias, such as lewy body, and these are varieties of mci. Prodromal alzheimer's is now preferred term. Still use mci to denote early symptoms which lead to diagnosis. ...Read more
Constructive memory: When remembering traumatic events, memory doesn't work like a vcr that can be played back later, verbatim. Instead you store an emotion-tinged experience in bits and pieces -- some of which may stand out more than others. When you later try to tell someone what happened, you are "constructing" the experience into story form, for understanding. This can make did patients' histories confusing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to tell the difference between normal memory loss associated with getting older and a memory loss condition/disease?
Neuropsychological: This can be more difficult than it seems and usually requires neuropsychological evaluation by a neuropsychologist, simple measures such as the mini-mental status exam mmse or usually insensitive to this differential but early detection is important for treatment. Since expected memory levels depend on age, and your normal abilities, simple screenings often miss decline in intelligent individuals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My memory loss has stayed stable or even improved over the last year. I'm also 22. Is this indicative of a degenerative disease?
By definition it is : not progressive if it has remained stable or improved over the past year. If your primary care or neurologist has not determined the cause & you have no history of tumor, trauma or infection that affected your brain, a neuropsychological evaluation will define the type(s) of memory loss & any associated neuro-cognitive impairments & recommend therapy options & mnemonic, or memory, aids. ...Read more
On memory tests I score well above average. I have difficulty learning new words though. Is there any disorder which specifically affects vocab memory?
Learning semantics, : the meaning of words, is a complex task of higher order cognition, as described on http://www.indiana.edu/~hlw/Meaning/learning.html. It may, therefore, be difficult for a person whose neuropsychological function in short-term, active-working & long-term memory is intact. A neuropsychological exam can define the area of impairment. ...Read more