Memory Loss

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  • Tend to forget words when i am talking (forgetful)

  • Problems remembering things

  • I can't remember things

  • Keeps asking the same question

  • Always forget something

  • Cannot remember answers

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Forgetfulness is described as a memory lapse or inability to retrieve stored information in the brain.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Poor memory

Possible causes

  • Sleep disorder

    Sleep disorders are conditions that affect the quality, timing or duration of your sleep, impacting your ability to function when you are awake. There are many types of sleep disorders, they include disturbances in the quality or quantity of sleep or excessive daytime sleepiness, abnormal behaviors that occur during sleep, sleep disorder related to a mental disorder and many more.

  • Alzheimer dementia (AD)

    Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. The brain shrinks affecting memory and behavior. Symptoms worsen over time, and can interfere with daily life. Increasing age increases the risk for Alzheimer dementia.

  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

    Also known as mild or "pre-dementia". Patients experience forgetfulness that interferes slightly with their daily activities. Controllable risk factors include alcohol, lack of exercise, and lack of mental stimulation.

  • Progressive subcortical vascular encephalopathy
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Dissociative disorder
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Hypothyroidism

Related serious diseases

  • Chronic subdural hematoma

    This refers to blood collecting in the space between the brain and the brain's outer covering (dura). It is can be caused by even minor injury or bump to the head. Older adults and those on certain blood-thinning or and bleeding disorders are at higher risk.

  • Hepatic encephalopathy

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you been forgetful recently?

  • Have you been feeling depressed recently?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

Other Related Symptoms

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References

  • Cooper C, Bebbington P, Lindesay J, Meltzer H, McManus S, Jenkins R, Livingston G. The meaning of reporting forgetfulness: a cross-sectional study of adults in the English 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Age Ageing. 2011 Nov;40(6):711-7. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afr121. Epub 2011 Sep 6. PMID: 21896556.

    https://academic.oup.com/ageing/article/40/6/711/47265

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