Are You Also In A Way To Memory Loss? Check It Out Here!

Overview | Types | Causes | Symptoms | Diagnosis | Treatment | Prevention Tips

Are you also one of those who often forget that where did you placed your stuff, Or taking medicines on time? And so many things. Well, forgetfulness or memory loss sometimes is allowed and normal of course. But, if you experience such situations very frequently, then you have to control or cure it, at the early stage itself. Or it may lead to some severe memory loss diseases.

Generally, we take such things as an effect of aging, but no, this is not the case always.

We all do few things absent-mindedly, but that’s fine. But if this starts happening again and again, then you should take this as an alarm that something is wrong. Are you in a way of forgetfulness, or doing things absentmindedly? Or it is a sign of memory loss? Let’s find it out.

Memory loss is also known as forgetfulness and memory impairment. But in medical terms, it is called amnesia.

Types of forgetfulness or memory loss:

Memory loss can be divided into two categories — Short term memory loss and long-term memory loss. Short–term memory loss is known as memory impairment. Some memory affecting health conditions are:

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer
  • Blocking ( a feeling when you feel like you remember something but unable to recall it).
  • Transience
  • Misattribution
  • Suggestibility
  • Bias
  • Persistence
  • Forgetfulness etc.

Symptoms of memory loss:

  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Confusion
  • Altered mental status

Causes of memory loss :

  • Lack of sleep – One of the main and common causes of memory loss is lack of sleep. Our minds recall, recover, and rest while we sleep. But if we compromise with our sleeping hours, it may lead to forgetfulness, due to anxiety, restlessness, and other outcomes of lack of sleep.
  • Stress: Stress is one of the most common factor that affects one’s physical and mental health.
  • Anxiety: Nowadays, many of us takes too much stress that anxiety and anxiety attacks are becoming a part of our daily life. Which should not be.
  • Medications: So many medicines that we use impacts on the chemicals present in our body and also put a psychological effect on us. Such medicines are anti – represent, non— sedating antihistamines, heartburn drugs, bladder control medicines, etc.
  • Alcohol: Maybe I don’t need to tell you that why you should not consume alcohol. It not also adversely affects our organs also leads to short–term memory loss.
  • Depression: One of the most severe mental health conditions is depression. The feeling of depression includes sadness, empty ness, lack of drive and excitement, fatigue, etc. Which also affects memory and causes forgetfulness.
  • Underactive thyroid: Some people have symptoms of underactive thyroid but they don’t pay attention to it. Which leads to memory impairment. And if it left untreated, then it can cause chronic memory loss.
  • Fatigue: Fatigue leads to dull memory. But if it is persistent, then visiting a specialist is the best solution, as it can be a symptom of some serious medical condition.
  • Lack of exercise: Recently, a study says that regular and moderate exercise stimulates parts of the brain, which involves memory function. Probably, that’s why physically active people experience less memory loss in comparison to physically inactive people.
  • Trauma: Severe trauma of an event may also lead to memory loss.

Some other causes are:

  • Head trauma
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Tumors
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Sleep apnea
  • Prolonged toxin exposure
  • Infections
  • Sleep disorders
  • Silent stroke
  • Psychology or emotional disturbances
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Vitamin or nutritional deficiency etc.

Treatment or prevention tips of memory loss:

  • Make a place: Make a particular place to keep your daily necessary stuff like keys, spectacle, wallets, phone, etc. So that you can get all the things in one place and you will not forget that place, as all the necessary stuff are there only. Just make sure to keep the things back in that place again after use or pick. Get organized.
  • Remember only important things: Don’t pressurize your brain to remember each and every piece of information, whether it is important or not. This will make your brain confuse and it will work slow with less efficiency. Use flashcards, alarms, voice notes, etc. To remember other usual things like meetings, birth dates, etc. Focus on the important ones to remember. Although, you can also make flashcards of important things, but try to keep them in mind also.
  • Avoid multitasking: Many of us prefer multitasking to save time, but we don’t realize that multitasking is not good for our brain. Our brain can do only one task at a time with full efficiency.
  • Memorize frequently: If you want to memorize something very important, then recall it many times in your mind. Or just put a flashcard on your wall and read the card whenever you pass.
  • Memory triggers: Create memory triggers, that can trigger your mind about the next task you have to perform. Like, keep your medicines on the dining table, so that can trigger your mind that you have to take medicines after having your meal.
  • Medications: Some medications can harm our mental health or brain functioning. If you are also experiencing such cases, then ask your doctor to change your medicine or alter the dosage.
  • Diet: Diet is always an important factor when it comes to fighting any disease or health problems. Consult your dietician and have such foods which can help you to increase your memory retention and fight psychological problems.
  • Mental activity: To make your mind sharp, mental activity is the best option to go with. Here, by the term ‘mental activity, we mean such activity which can help you to improve your brain’s health. Such as, solving puzzles, crosswords, etc.
  • Socialize regularly: Socializing can help you to get the depression or stress phase out of your life. Meeting new people will give you new perceptions with enthusiasm.
  • Sleep: Don’t ever compromise with your sleeping hours at all. It will affect not only your physical health but mental health too.

Try to follow these tips to improve your memory. But if your or your loved one’s condition is severe, it would be better to hire a nurse or health care for them.

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