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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
No: People respond to medication differently. One may affect your memory but in another person it may not. I will say that the most common family of medications which can cause memory problems are the benzodiazepines (i.E xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, valium, klonopin). You have to weigh the pros and cons of the medication and find the right one that works for you. ...Read more
Parkinson's Disease: Memory problems is seen commonly seen in patients with parkinson's disease. Other medical conditions need to be excluded as well. Hydrocephalus (water accumulation inside the brain ventricles) in particular comes to mind when dealing with the two problems, particularly if there is no resting tremor. Conditions like thyroid disorder, vitamin B12 deficiency and depression need to be excluded. ...Read more
MMSE & DRS: There are several that have been used both in research and clinical settings for screening. Mini mental status exams take only a few minutes and indicate a need for more extensive evaluation for memory. Depression rating scales also are brief and indicate a need for further work if necessary. ...Read more
What is the disease that causes you to be ok in the day and memory loss in the p.M hours during the a.M and throughout the day my sister is fine but by evening she is no longer herself. She is forgetful and will ask the same questions over and over. She n
Could be a few: Korsakoff's syndrome, associated with alcoholism, leads to severe retrieval and storage problems; anterograde amnesia leads one unable to move memory into longer term storage; check out human-memory.Net for a clear description of many of the major memory-related disorders. If it's for you or someone you love, early treatment is best. Reach out today. ...Read more
Is there any drugs that can be used to increase attension and memory in normal person that doesn't have any disease ?
Attention: In short, no. There are no prescription medications that can be used to increase attention and memory in a normal person. There is an over the counter product that claims to improve memory and it is a phosphatidylserine product that is sold under the brand name "sharp thought". Unfortunately, with natural products, such as this, there are very few studies that are published to guide you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: Entire textbooks have been devoted to this question. There are many neuro-degenerative disorders and neuro-metabolic disorders and neuro-genetic disorders that have been described. Many present with memory loss. Leucodystrophies and storage diseases are well known. Some have defined genetic markers, but many have no defined marker but definite genetic tendency. ...Read more