Know the basics
What is forgetfulness?
Forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. As people age, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. Some people take longer to remember or forget what they did. This is often a sign of mild forgetfulness, not serious problems.
Forgetfulness can also be the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions.
How common is forgetfulness?
Those infected often forgetful mostly elderly. However, ill or forget currently faced in the young people. Some patients are those who have had head injuries and severe psychological trauma, which, many female patients than male patients.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of forgetfulness?
The signs and symptoms can range from mild forgetfulness to serious depending on the circumstances.
The symptoms of forgetfulness can be: patients often asked the same question and getting lost in familiar places. The patient cannot remember and follow the instructions, disoriented about time, people and places. They are also less concerned about the safety, hygiene and nutrition of itself.
Forgetful patients with serious changes in memory, personality and behavior, worse could be Alzheimer’s and memory deficits diverse infarction. This disease is also known as dementia caused by stroke.
In Alzheimer’s disease, symptoms start slowly and become more severe. In disease memory deficits diverse infarcts, small strokes or changes in the blood to the brain can make these symptoms start suddenly. Hypertension can cause memory deficits.
There may be other symptoms and signs are not mentioned. If you have any questions about these signs, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
Forgetfulness is normal aging in older people, but if you have any concerns, you should go to the hospital or doctor for advice specific instructions. If your doctor suspects a neurological disease and need treatment, you should follow the advice and instructions of your doctor.
Know the causes
What causes forgetfulness?
Memory function of the brain is very complicated and involved in almost all other brain activities. Therefore, any injury that affects the head and brain can do memory interruption or disturbance.
The disease may forget the consequences of structural damage sell signal system of the brain (the system controls emotions and memories of you). The disease is caused by a lesion forget brain called neural disease forgetful. These brain lesions include:
- Have Alzheimer’s;
- There are tumors or infections in the brain, or blood clots in the brain;
- Lack of oxygen to the brain or carbon monoxide poisoning;
- Herpes encephalitis bacteria, cancer or autoimmune disorders and cancers;
- Chronic Alcoholism Wernicke-Korsakoff lead to (vitamin B1 deficiency).
Side effects of medications, vitamin B12 deficiency, which can cause memory loss.
Some other factors that cause amnesia including thyroid disorders, kidney and liver.
Morale problems, such as stress, anxiety, or depression, can make a person more susceptible forgetful and can be mistaken for dementia. For example, a recently retired or who are faced with the death of a relative, or a friend may feel sad, lonely or anxious.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for forgetfulness?
- Being head injuries, brain;
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is forgetfulness diagnosed?
Your doctor will check the medical history; perform health checks, neurological and psychiatric. Your doctor may do tests check blood, urine, memory, problem-solving skills, and language count. In special cases, brain computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging of the brain (MRI) or positron emission tomography (PET) may help doctors rule out disorders or other changes of aging chemistry.
How is forgetfulness treated?
There is no need to treat forgetfulness caused by aging. Brain exercise; find new hobbies or interests, involved in many activities that will help agile mind. Limiting alcohol use can prevent brain damage.
Patients can apply methods such as: plan, make a list of things to do, use notes, calendars and memory aids. Family and friends can help people keep daily routines, activities and social contact.
Stress, anxiety or depression can make people forgetful. If this feeling lasts, the treatment may include more counseling, medication or both.
In patients with Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage and middle stage, the drug may prevent the symptoms worsened.
Patients with memory deficits diversified infarction prevention of strokes.
Controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, not smoking can prevent strokes.
Some cases may be used to treat drug problems excitement, anxiety, depression or insomnia.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage forgetfulness?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with forgetfulness:
- Regular doctor visits.
- Exercise the mind by developing new hobbies and interests.
- Make a list of things to do, use notes, calendars and memory aids other.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/forgetfulness. Accessed August 12, 2016.