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What can anyone do if you have a relative who is very forgetful with long and short term memory loss?

What can anyone do if you have a relative who is very forgetful with long and short term memory loss?

Be supportive: Encourage them to discuss with their doctor. Be supportive and tell them that you have noticed that they struggle to remember ordinary things. Offer to go with them to their doctor to help them explain their memory problems with specific examples. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Poor Memory (Definition)

Difficulty remembering a fact is a symptom in which a person has trouble remember facts, usually referring to new facts; maybe due to advancing age, anxiety, depression, medicine ...Read more


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What am i getting so forgetful? I am a 59 year old (will be 60 in 3 weeks), retired female and lately i've been really forgetting a lot of things and have very bad short-term memory. Just yesterday i left my purse at a department store. Fortunately it wa

What am i getting so forgetful? I am a 59 year old (will be 60 in 3 weeks), retired female and lately i've been really forgetting a  lot of things and have very bad short-term memory. Just yesterday i left my purse at a department store. Fortunately it wa

The : The best way to answer your question is to perform a thorough evaluation that would involve memory testing, psychiatric and neurological examination, medical history, medication review and perhaps lab tests. Sometimes memory problems could be caused by poor concentration, which is often a consequence of too much stress, depression or lack of sleep. Lack of vitamins such B12 or nutrients such as iodine may cause memory problems. Shortage of B12 usually occurs due to its poor absorption in the digestive tract and can be effectively treated by once a month injections of b12. Alcohol use, certain over the counter medications and some prescription medications can worsen memory. All these conditions can be effectively treated if diagnosed correctly. Memory may get worse because of damage to brain tissue, such as occurs due to small strokes. This condition is often called vci or vascular cognitive impairment, it has many causes, some of which can be treated and others can be controlled. Mild cognitive impairment or mci is another condition that presents as memory impairment. It has a tendency to convert to alzheimer's disease, more frequently in individuals who carry the apolipoprotein e gene (also known as apoe) e4 allele. Having apoe e4 genotype predisposes one to develop memory problems and alzheimer's disease relatively early in life (from late 50s to early 70s). However, the disease risk in those who have apoe e4 genotype can be significantly reduced through lifestyle changes. A person's genotype can be easily determined through genetic testing. You should contact your primary care doctor to discuss possible causes of your memory problem and perhaps ask for a referral to a specialist in memory disorders. If you have further questions or would like to learn more about genetic testing, please do not hesitate to give my office a call at 877-483-2071. ...Read more

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Man is epileptic since a blow on the head 10 years ago. He's short tempered, forgetful and compulsive ie having all notes same way, is this related?

Man  is epileptic since a blow on the head 10 years ago. He's short tempered, forgetful and compulsive ie having all notes same way, is this related?

Yes: Traumatic brain injury[tbi} may produce multiple symptoms. These may include seizures, anxirty, apathy, depression, loss of executive skills and many others. Scope of injury can be evaluated by a functional brain scan or a neurophyschologic evaluation. Treatment depends on the findings. Jjr. ...Read more

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My wife is very forgetful is this a medical condition?

My wife is very forgetful is this a medical condition?

Could be: There are many possible causes for forgetfulness. Some are certainly medical, so it's a good idea to encourage your wife to see her family physician for an evaluation of this complaint and her overall health. Nutritional issues, various medications, and other substances people might use can also cause memory problems. ...Read more

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What could cause forgetfulness?

What could cause forgetfulness?

So many things: Forgetfulness could result from a lot of things. Our emotions, sadness/depression, anxiety, neurological problems, attention problems, stress from any source, certain medications, illnesses, dementia and others can all contribute to forgetfulness.If this is a new problem for you and you have no underlying medical problem to account for it, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to address forgetfulness?

Is there a good way to address forgetfulness?

Forgetfulness: My colleagues have suggested ways you might address the forgetfulness of someone else, but i wondered whether you might be concerned about your own forgetfulness? If this is so, you can get a thorough evaluation by seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist. You may also need more in-depth neuropsychological testing and/or other studies. They can also suggest ways to help you with this issue. ...Read more

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Why am I so tired, forgetful and, burned out?

Depression/anxiety: Memory has multiple facets. Most people at this age it is concentration and attention. If you don't register it, you don't remember. We have too many things to remember so must prioritize. It is more likely anxiety and depression rather than any dementia process. I wrote a chapter on this in my book, psychiatry in techno colors, on amazon.Com. ...Read more

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Can NyQuil make you forgetful ? feel out of it ?

Can NyQuil make you forgetful ? feel out of it ?

Yes: Nyquil contains multiple ingredient in each capsule including one called Doxylamine which is an anti-histamine type medication) similar class as Benadryl). It is a first generation anti-histamine and therefore crosses the blood brain barrier and is known to cause sedation and "brain fog" after taking it and even after waking up in the morning. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about increasing forgetfulness?

Possibly: If it is progressive and there are no situatioinal stressors to account for this like anxiety depression then you should pay attention to see where it goes. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Normal Age Related Forgetfulness (Definition)

Many women find that they become somewhat forgetful during pregnancy. It's a normal feeling, and gets better after delivery of the baby. ...Read more