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What Causes Severe Memory Loss In Young Adults
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
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
At a young age of 22 years old, what could be the cause for memory loss and decreased cognitive functioning?
I wanted to ask what the causes of severe memory loss are. Had no problems 3 weeks ago. My last 2 blend together and I have a hard time remembering.?
Including intrinsic problems with the brain such as strokes and other illnesses, psychiatric illnesses such as depression, metabolic syndromes, medications, head injuries, etc.
If you’re having problems with your memory whether it’s been a sudden onset or it’s been coming on for some time, please have an evaluation as soon as possible. Many causes are treatable.
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I have severe ibs. Took bentyl (dicyclomine) 4 a few years but it cause severe memory loss. Is there another medication that works as well with out memory loss?
Is schizophrenia a type of dementia? If not why does it cause severe memory loss, black outs during listening, forgetting basic things, names, ect?
Used to be thought s: Originally the disorder now called schizophrenia was called dementia praecox. Now we have a much more detailed division of mental disorders. There definately can be symptoms that are the same as those in someone with dementia. Any new diagnosis of schizophrenia requires a neurologic evaluation and brain imaging. There are many things that have overlapping sx and new sx may warrant neuro consult. ...Read more
Memory loss: Can be caused by numerous events including strokes/trauma, medications or drugs, and illnesses such as Alzheimer’s dementia/other diseases. The complaint of memory impairment requires a careful evaluation and workup to rule out organic causes due to the multitude of possible causes. If it occurred suddenly this directs the M.D. to investigate accordingly, for example. ...Read more
Several causes: Sudden memory loss can be caused by strokes, seizures, certain medications, psychiatric conditions and rarely complex migraine. Another cause is transient global amnesia a condition in which patients suddenly can't form new memories. It usually recovers within 24 hrs. The cause is not known but it may be a complex vascular phenomenon. ...Read more
Anti- anxiety medications like benzodiazepines (xanax). Several medications are problems for elderly, antihistamines, medications for overactive bladder.
"statins" for cholesterol have caused reversible memory loss so severe, doctors thought it was alzheimer's. Ask your doctor before stopping medications, esp. The cholesterol and anxiety medications. The memory loss is reversible. ...Read more
Amnesia: Sudden severe amnesia calls for immediate medical workup. Go down to er. ...Read more
No: Unless it is so violent that you injure brain and become unconscious briefly. ...Read more
Consider the source: As a psychiatrist I may not be your best source for this answer but if you were a family member I would get tested for lyme's disease as well as what more familiar specialists would suggest. ...Read more
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
Memory problems: Most people complain of some memory problems as they age. For people who are concerned about their memory, testing can be performed by geriatric specialists. In general, events like misplacing car keys or loosing your train of thought is probably normal. Examples of events that are usually not normal include getting lost in prevously familiar surroundings or repeating converstations. ...Read more