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Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problems?

Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problems?

Yes.: An overactive thyroid might cause all of that, but anxiety alone certainly can. Both are treatable, so consult a physician. ...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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Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problem?

Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problem?

Yes, for a purpose.: The fight or flight response, anger or fear, can produce adrenaline that shuts down unnecessary functions so you can best fight your way to safety or run away from danger. That means shutting down unnecessary brain activities like your ability to retreive information from long term memory. You are supposed to be in self-defense mode, not reminiscing. ...Read more

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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

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Can chemotherapy cause learning disabilities or memory problems?

Can chemotherapy cause learning disabilities or memory problems?

It is possible: There have been studies to show that things such as the ability to multitask can be impaired by chemotherapy. There are other issues with hormonal blocking medicines in some patients as well. ...Read more

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Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Absolutely: Contact your pcp for referral for a sleep study, or polysomnogram. There are many possible causes of sleep fragmentation, and a disruption in the amount of any state of sleep can cause memory, concentration and mood disruption. In my practice, we deal primarily with obstructive sleep apnea. The patients report your symptoms and fatigue; the bed partners also suffer (from the noise!). Get checked! ...Read more

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Can chronic or excess anxiety cause shortterm memory problems?

Can chronic or excess anxiety cause  shortterm memory problems?

Yes: Yes. Anything that distracts someone from focusing on the present moment can impair memory. Memories sometimes don't get generated when the mind is distracted by worry. ...Read more

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Might gastroparesis cause memory problems?

Might gastroparesis cause memory problems?

No: However, certain causes of gastroparesis, like diabetes, can be associated with cognitive changes. ...Read more

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Can eye problems lead to memory problems?

Can eye problems lead to memory problems?

Not specifically: But recent evidence has linked progression of macula degeneration with progression of cognitive decline like dementia. Not surprising since the retina/macula is peripheral brain tissue anatomically speaking. ...Read more

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Do eye problems lead to memory problems?

Do eye problems lead to memory problems?

No: However some research is looking at neurodegenerative disorders such as pathological similarities in glaucoma and alzheimer's. ...Read more

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Can adrenal insufficiency cause memory and cognitive problems?

Can adrenal insufficiency cause memory and cognitive problems?

Yes, in stress.: Adrenal insufficiency can cause memory loss, especially in stressful situations, as well as confusion, absentmindedness. There is poor resistance to stress, great difficulty to functioning well in stressful situations, or even to react to them, becoming paralyzed. Stress is experienced as being unfair, too much. ...Read more

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Can chronic stress/anxiety cause neurological problems?

Can chronic stress/anxiety cause neurological problems?

Possible: It probably depends on what type of neurological damage you're referring to. However, chronic stress can cause a host of physical problems, including neurological. Chronic stress causes the release of cortisol which can damage the heart for example. Stress can also weaken the immune system which can lead shingles. Psychologists and the internet can suggest ways to lower stress. ...Read more

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Can a whiplash injury cause mild cognitive attention/eye focusing problems?

Can a whiplash injury cause mild cognitive attention/eye focusing problems?

Whiplash: Depending on how severe your whiplash is it can cause dizziness, nausea, and head trauma. Attention and eye focusing problems can be a result. It would be best to rest for a couple of days and see if the effects ware off ...Read more

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Can MS cause memory problems and mood swings?

Can MS cause memory problems and mood swings?

You bet it could: About 65 % of ms patients experience some cognitive issues, and emotional lability and inappropriate behavior can be an issue. Symptomatic medications can help immensely, and memory enhancing agents, and a drug called nuedexta can be of great value. ...Read more

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What could cause migraines, severe digestive problems and psychiatric problems?

What could cause migraines, severe digestive problems and psychiatric problems?

Depends: It sounds like you are looking for a single cause for these problems. It may be several problems that occur at the same time rather than one disorder. That being said, migraine and digestive symptoms are sometimes a result of emotional problems. Since you do not give details, I cannot answer specifically. Please reask the question with more detail. ...Read more

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How can I get help with severe memory problems?

How can I get help with severe memory problems?

Memory problems: First, speak with your doctor and, perhaps have a medical evaluation to help clarify the extent and actual severity of your problem. If there is a problem your doctor can direct you to other specialist who might be able to help. ...Read more

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I am 18 and i think I have severe memory problems. What doctor should I talk to?

I am 18 and i think I have severe memory problems. What doctor should I talk to?

A few questions: Is this new or has it been happening for a while? Was onset sudden or gradual? What is your definition of "severe?" have you lost memory for well learned info or just new info? Is your memory loss for facts, dates, procedures or word meanings? Do you forget where you put your keys and find them in the refrigerator? If no recent accidents or med probs, you may want to see a neuropsychologist. ...Read more

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Dr. William Herrera
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Memory Problems (Definition)

Impaired memory is a clinical finding in which a person has abnormal difficulty recalling knowledge that was ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory (Definition)

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