Memory Loss Types
There are many types of memory loss. Memory loss is generally defined as noticeable and non-normal problems in memory. Memory problems can be mild, limited, and/or temporary. Memory problems can be a result of deeper health issues that are manageable and treatable. There are also memory problems that are difficult to treat and signal limited professional options. Bellow, is an overview of three major areas or types of memory loss. These are basic categories from which to understand memory loss and how they impact individuals. They are not diagnostic descriptions or in depth research descriptions, which are not appropriate for general information purposes. They provide awareness building for individuals and for persons who assist. Readers should exercise caution with information such as this and should consult a variety of general information sources to gather multiple options on the general overview of this subject if time permits.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Both Dementia and Alzheimer’s are serious medical conditions that affect the memory. First, let us discuss dementia. Certain forms of early dementia are treatable and manageable. Dementia and specifically vascular dementia is a condition that may appear suddenly. According to research, this condition is caused through rapid changes of blood supply to the brain, such as in the case of strokes. Fortunately, dementia conditions have a higher rate of recovery and manageability among severe medical conditions that directly impact memory.
Alzheimer’s is another serious memory problem that is causes through fluctuations in blood supply to brain. In this condition, scientists have revealed that Alzheimer’s is called through the gradual dying of mass quantities of brain cells. If this form of serious memory loss, memory problems begin to appear early on as small forgetfulness. There is also a strong correlation between memory loss and age, where dementia and Alzheimer’s are primarily medical conditions that impact the elderly or persons with chronic illnesses. Each of these conditions can occur on top of already preexisting chronic illnesses.
General Medical Conditions
There are general medical conditions that are less severe that can also cause memory loss. Generally, these conditions strongly impact memory functioning, but are not directly conditions whose primary impairment is memory. For instance, complications due to alcohol abuse fall within this category. Other aspects of this category are depression, certain forms of cancer, and nutritional deficiency.
Many people underestimate the correlation between emotions and memory. Sadness, loneliness, and boredom can lead to issues of memory loss, particularly in the elderly, however, these emotional disturbances are indiscriminate as to the age of the individual. The difference, of course, is that generally younger persons recover within time, yet with the elderly, emotional issues can become serious.
The above three general areas or types of memory loss is a starting place to understand the types of memory problems that may occur and how they are classified. These areas are general, to provide an overview of memory loss types, their causes, and their symptoms. In the following blog, I focus on specific symptoms that may be noticeable and cause for the necessary of professional medical attention. This information is not presented as medical advice. This information is presented for information purposes only and does not substitute nor does it attempt to substitute information that can be received from consultation with trained and licensed medical professionals.
The best utilization of this information is for the purposes of awareness for individual health or for persons responsible for the care of the health of others. This information may be utilized to generate more awareness or to assist and facilitate the most efficient response to general concerns about memory loss should they appear.