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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Treatable causes of Memory Loss, New Delhi India, 2011.

"When you can't recall the details", By Harsha Chawla, Today New Delhi, November 15, 2011.

"When the lapses are regular rather than occasional and forgetfulness starts getting in the way of your life, it's time to sit up and take stock.  Memory loss could be due to simple factors such as nutritional deficiency or extreme stress. It could be due to changes in the brain or degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's or Dementia. 

Other medical conditions like a brain tumour, infection or nutritional deficiencies could also be blamed. 

We inform you about how to get to the bottom of your failing memory.

Forgetfulness on the rise

Forgetfulness is a common complaint for those above 40 these days. While these may not be a consequence of serious memory loss, these lapses can interfere with their everyday functioning and job performance. 

According to neurologists, many of the slip-ups we attribute to fading memory are actually caused by failing attention or poor concentration caused by stress or depression. Paying attention is crucial to forming memories.

So when people don't give their undivided attention to a conversation or event, they fail to recall it later, which is not a memory lapse but merely a case of poor concentration. 

"People get bouts of memory loss when they handle too many things. While doing one task, they are distracted by the idea of what's next. This results in slow thinking and poor retention," says Dr Praveen Gupta, neurologist, Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon. Having said that, it's important to talk to a doctor to know the type of memory problem you suffer from."

When to get worried
  • You forget the most common words when speaking and mix up words.
  • You ask the same questions repeatedly.
  • You take unusually long to complete the most familiar tasks.
  • You misplace items and lose the ability to retrace steps.
  • You find it challenging to plan or solve problems.
  • You are confused about time or place.
  • You withdraw from work or social activities.

Treatable causes of memory loss

#1 Alcohol

It used to be an old joke that a few pegs of alcohol would deaden your brain. Not anymore. Research confirming the link between alcohol consumption and memory loss is mounting. Cognitive impairment can even take place after a couple of drinks. 

If you have been drinking for many years, then your brain faces far reaching consequences affecting learning, retention and retrieval of information. When alcohol is consumed, neurochemical changes occur in the brain and the oxygen supply to the brain is reduced, more so in the frontal and parietal regions. This ends up affecting the cognitive performance of the brain."


When you can't recall the details : Lifestyle News - India Today

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