The most common thing that causes memory loss is aging. As we age, we naturally lose some of the memory capabilities we previously had. One important thing you should always remember is that memory loss due to aging is a slow process. If you notice a sudden or steep progressive loss of memory, it’s important to see a doctor immediately. If your memory loss is caused by a medical problem, early detection could be the key to treatment. Memory loss can be caused by Alzheimer’s or other neurodegenerative diseases, brain tumors, stroke, infection, or seizures. All of these are very serious and need to be treated as soon as possible. If you find you have a neurodegenerative disorder, you’ll probably find it helpful to take the steps mentioned above along with your prescribed medicines and therapy. As with aging, you may not be able to prevent all memory loss from these conditions, but you can see improvement or slowed losses.
Have you been feeling kind of down lately? Clinical depression is often caused by (and may cause) chemical imbalances in the brain. If your brain isn’t working correctly due to depression, this may cause memory loss. If you’re noticing memory loss along with symptoms of depression like sadness, changes in appetite, and not want to participate in activities; you should seek treatment immediately. In addition to the therapy or prescription medication a psychiatrist may give you; eating right, exercise, and getting plenty of rest are good ways to help combat depression.
You may notice memory loss shortly after going on a new medication. Many times these drugs are simply making you very tired, which is why you are forgetting. Other medicines, particularly barbiturates, can just make you stop remembering things you used to. If memory loss from a medication is interfering with your everyday life, ask your doctor if there are any other options for treatment. You may also wan to look into herbal remedies which generally have fewer side effects than conventional medications.
This is not an exhaustive list of causes of memory loss, but it is a guide to the most common. As always, speak to a licensed health care provider if you are concerned.