Memory loss is a transient or chronic problem that reduces the ability to remember new events or to recall one or more memories of the past. Often it is a disorder of little importance associated to aging. Sometimes, however, it is a serious problem associated with diseases like cranial trauma, stroke or brain surgeries, to an anti-cancer treatment (for example a chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant), to a strong stress, vitamin deficiencies (especially vitamin B12) or taking alcohol or drugs (such as barbiturates).


What kind of diseases can be associated with memory loss?

The following diseases may be associated with memory lost:

  • AIDS
  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Huntington
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Migraine
  • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Infections in the brain
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Lyme disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Syphilis
  • Brain tumor

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for loss of memory?

The most appropriate remedy for memory loss depends on its cause. In general, a person living with this problem may need a lot of help. It may be helpful to note important details, such as the drugs that must be taken, so that they are not neglected. In some cases it may be useful to try to keep the memory alive by showing familiar objects or photographs. Sometimes, a constant help from an attendant is necessary.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of memory loss?

If memory loss reduces the quality of your everyday life, you should seek medical attention to help with the underlying health problems.