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Severe memory loss? Causes?

Severe memory loss? Causes?

Many causes: The common causes of memory loss are usually metabolic developments found in older peoples' brains. When a young man suffers marked memory loss, head trauma, drugs abuse and induced severe hypoglycemia, must be at the top of your list. Remember those cases of amnesia reported that happen, because of intent to treat to cause amnesia. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys?" or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child?" There also can be catastrophic memory loss such ...Read more


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What could cause memory loss?

What could cause memory loss?

Memory loss: Memory loss is caused by many factors such as age, health, mental health, medication use, history of head injury, metabolic and environmental factors. Immediate recall is the most susceptible followed by short term memory followed by long term memory. ...Read more

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What could cause memory loss for someone in their fifties?

What could cause memory loss for someone in their fifties?

Memory loss in 50s: Memory loss in midlife can have a number of potential causes. Some of those causes are easily treatable such as vitamin b deficiency. Although it is very uncommon, Alzheimer's disease also may affect people in midlife. If you are having memory problems at a young age, I recommend talking to your doctor. ...Read more

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Will ssris cause memory loss ?

NO: Unless you take an overdose -- in which case the memory loss would be temporary, but probably the least of your problems. Rarely, some SSRI's cause word finding problems. ...Read more

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Can diabetes cause memory loss?

Can diabetes cause memory loss?

Yes, several ways: Diabetes can be a risk factor for memory issues. The brain needs glucose in order to function, and very low or very high levels can lead to chronic damage of vascular and nervous pathways. Low blood sugar can lead to unconsciousness and death, and often persons who have behavioral issues when their blood sugar is low have no memory for the events. Protect your brain and control your glucose. ...Read more

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What causes short term memory loss?

What causes short term memory loss?

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 more

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What causes of long-term memory loss?

What causes of long-term memory loss?

Memory loss: Excessive drug or alcohol use and aging are the most common causes. ...Read more

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Will arteriosclerosis cause memory loss?

Yes: If the arteries to the brain are effected, it can cause memory loss. ...Read more

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Is memory loss caused by stroke permanent?

Possibly: Depending on the location and size of your stroke, the memory loss may improve some, but can also be permanent. ...Read more

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What is the cause of short term memory loss?

Many causes: There are many causes of short term memory loss. In the younger patients (< 50-60 years), the common causes include head injury, stroke, drug use, alcohol. In the elderly, the common causes include alzheimer's disease, stroke, parkinson's disease, and normal pressure hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Can flashbacks cause you to have memory loss?

No just temp amnesia: Depends on level of ptsd and if it was accompanied by tbi and if there is already a brain and psych condition or existing hard question to answer but can hypothesize that the ptsd can so severe that the person can stay preoccupied and consumed by it may also cause organic changes in hippocampus and amydgla and other area which are studied for CRF research for trauma join us for latest research. ...Read more

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Can excessive porn watching cause memory loss?

Can excessive porn watching cause memory loss?

Effects of porn: Not too my knowledge, but there are studies that frequent pornography use may lead to temporary impotence in young men.

Also, keep in mind that some porn is made through human trafficking and can contain underage subjects without it being obvious, which is illegal to possess.

Memory problems may more likely be a result of little sleep and substance use like alcohol and depression in young men. ...Read more

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What are the causes of confusion & memory loss?

What are the causes of confusion & memory loss?

Many causes: In aging adults, some degree of short term memory loss is not unusual while long term memory is preserved. However, confusion is a more worrisome symptom. Often the cause can be a medication such as a sedative or sleeping pill. Low blood pressure can lead to confusion as well. If confusion persists, the family should see a doctor to see if the patient has alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

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Can certain hormonal changes cause memory loss?

Relation to dementia: Actually, the nih studies suggested a memory risk when older women supplemented female hormones especially estrogens, and in addition, there may be both heart attack and stroke issues too. The johns hopkins work seemed to confirm this. However, all is not bleak, as there are many female hormones, especially estradiol, which may be important. Confer with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if melatonin causes memory loss?

Can you tell me if melatonin causes memory loss?

Melatonin: Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the pineal gland, and involved in maintain circadian rhythm, and regularize sleep-wake cycles. It is very unusual to have memory loss from such product, but side effects are common in certain individuals. There will be interesting to know if you are susceptible to such adverse effect. ...Read more

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What causes memory loss after waking from a coma?

Memory loss: Memory loss after coma can depend upon the reason for the coma. Some patients in a coma were placed in a medically -induced one while others may have had a disease state that caused the coma. Some patients may have sustained brain injury and the type a location of the injured brain can impact the amount of memory loss. ...Read more

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What are common causes of short term memory loss?

Several: Intoxication, aging, alzheimer's, thiamine deficiency, stroke, brain radiation, electroconvulsive therapy, medication side effects, seizures, encephalitis, traumatic brain injury, hypoxia, cardiac arrest etc. ...Read more

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What would cause my short term memory loss at age 50?

Many things: It could be depression. But really, you should see a family doctor as a first step to get a full evaluation and proper referral. ...Read more

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Does chemical imbalance cause memory loss and nightmares?

Chemical imbalance?: Chemical imbalance is very generic word used for various reasons like depression anxiety or any other psychiatric disorder. In that sense, yes it can cause memory issues but not memory loss. Worsening depression and anxiety can cause decrease in concentration, confusion and easy distractibility and forgetfulness. Night mares are a common anxiety phenomenon. ...Read more

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What could cause memory loss and numbness at the same time?

What could cause memory loss and numbness at the same time?

See below: Could be a sign of more than one thing. Please contact your primary care doctor for a full workup and take things from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible for exposure to chemicals cause memory loss?

Yes: There are many environmental toxins that have neurological impact. Some of this impact could be memory loss. More information would be needed in order to determine exactly what the impact of particular chemicals are. ...Read more

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What are the causes of memory loss in someone who was in a coma?

What are the causes of memory loss in someone who was in a coma?

It's complex.: Memory is a complex, poorly understood phenomenon. The fluctuations in blood pressure, blood flow and inflammation all can contribute. Often brain tissue is also destroyed during a coma which can have effects on memory. This is active area of medical research. ...Read more

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When I take alcohol, I experience memory loss. What should be the cause?

Alcohol related: Research has shown that heavy alcohol use clearly damages retrospective memory, or learning, retention and retrieval of previously processed materials. If you have consumed alcohol over a long period begin your recovery by scheduling a thorough physical examination followed by a substance abuse assessment with a licensed mental health professional. ...Read more

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Is taking a ssri safe for 20 or thirty years? Does it cause memory loss?

Typically, yes: If you continue to benefit from the SSRI and are not having side effects, I would consider it safe to continue, even for 20 or 30 years. If you are starting to wonder whether it is still helping, however, I would encourage you to discuss that with your personal physician. In my experience, there is nothing to indicate that SSRI's play a role in memory loss. ...Read more

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Is it possible for anxiety to suddenly cause an arge amount of memory loss?

Is it possible for anxiety to suddenly cause an arge amount of memory loss?

No: The only way that could happen would be with some sort of intoxication such as alcohol with a blackout or with the date rape drug. Otherwise, you would have to have ingested too much of an ambien- like drug, high dose lsd or pcp or have an underlying dissociative disorder. Please see a neurologist and a psychiatrist if the problem persists. It could also represent a bout of transient global amnesia or a fugue state. Best wishes to you and I hope that everything turns out well for you. ...Read more

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Does clonzazepam cause short term memory loss even if you just take it as needed?

Does clonzazepam cause short term memory loss even if you just take it as needed?

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 more

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What could cause a 67 y.O. To suffer from profound memory loss and confusion?

What could cause a 67 y.O. To suffer from profound memory loss and confusion?

Memory loss: In a 67-year-old person, the most common cause of memory loss would be alzheimer's dementia -- but there are other possibilities as well. If the memory loss and confusion appeared after a stroke, the problem could be vascular dementia. Alzheimer's has a more gradual course than vascular. With confusion, one would need to look especially at any medications being given -- many can worsen things. ...Read more

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I have no ability to sense time caused by sudden severe memory loss. What are possible causes?

Dissociation: At the age of 24 it is unlikely that you have dementia. This is usually caused by old age or head trauma. If these are not the cause it could be dissociation type of disorder. This used to be called multiple personality disorder. This is usually caused by involvement in severe sexual trauma or abuse. More would need to be known about your circumstances for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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I could remember every detail when I was a kid. Is this overstorage possible cause for memory loss?

I could remember every detail when I was a kid. Is this overstorage possible cause for memory loss?

Memory can't fill up: Memory does not fill up. Forgetting as one gets older is unfortunately because the memory system works less efficiently as we age. ...Read more

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At a young age of 22 years old, what could be the cause for memory loss and decreased cognitive functioning?

Several things: Drugs or alcohol abuse, depression, sleep disorder would be most common at age 22. There could also be an organic brain problem but that is less common. See your doctor for testing and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Amnesia (Definition)

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory (Definition)

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