Amnesia

Amnesia refers to the failure of memory. Mild versions of amnesia are usually called “memory loss” or “forgetfulness”. Amnesia may cause the loss of existing memories of the past, or the failure to remember new things. It may affect the short-term and long-term memory. There are various causes ...

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Your mind works a lot like a computer. Your brain puts information it judges to be important into "files." When you remember something, you pull up a file. Memory doesn't always work perfectly. As people grow older, it may take longer to retrieve those files. Some adults joke about having ...1

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Causes

Amnesia is not the same as simple forgetfulness. For this type of milder memory problem, read more about: Forgetfulness Simple examples of the occurrence of amnesia include the occurrence of blackouts, where a person is unable to recall a portion ...

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Causes of Amnesia

Do Memory Problems Always Mean Alzheimer's Disease? Many people worry about becoming forgetful. They think forgetfulness is the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease. But not all people with memory problems have Alzheimer’s. Other causes for memory problems can ...2

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Diagnosis of Amnesia

A doctor can do thinking, memory, and language tests to see if a person has MCI. He or she also may suggest that the person see a specialist for more tests. There currently is no standard treatment for MCI, but ...3

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Causes List for Amnesia

Possible causes of Amnesia (or similar symptoms) may include:4

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Clinical Features of Amnesia

What is a serious memory problem? Serious memory problems make everyday things hard to do. You may find it hard to drive, shop, or even talk with a friend. Signs of serious memory problems may include:

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Treatments for Amnesia

Tips for Dealing with Forgetfulness: People with some forgetfulness can use a variety of techniques that may help them stay healthy and deal with changes in their memory and mental skills. Here are some tips:

  • Learn a new skill.
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References

  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ memory.html
  2. Source: NIA (NIH): nia.nih.gov/ health/ do-memory-problems-always-mean-alzheimers-disease
  3. Source: NIA (NIH): nia.nih.gov/ health/ what-mild-cognitive-impairment
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List

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