If you’re experiencing some lapses in memory, it is typically not a concern unless it becomes extremely common or gets continually worse over time. This can not only be a scary feeling, but it can also be a sign of a bigger issue.
There are many mental disorders and illnesses that are linked to memory loss, and knowing the difference between age-related memory loss and memory loss caused by–or as a symptom of–a mental disorder is important. A little research and understanding of your situation will go a long way in helping your doctor diagnose the reasoning behind the memory loss issues that you are experiencing.
Most people instantly think that if you’re experiencing severe memory loss, you’re going to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. But this is not often the case, especially when you’re younger and still experiencing a loss of short-term or long-term memory. Knowing the other disorders that can cause lapses in memory will help you tremendously in improving your memory and treating the issue at hand.
Depression and anxiety are two causes for memory loss, typically short-term. These are mental disorders that can be diagnosed by a psychiatrist. In most cases, people experiencing the symptoms and signs of depression or anxiety will be given medication to help balance out the level of serotonin in their brains. Sometimes, therapy or counseling will also be advised.
Sometimes, alcohol abuse and alcoholism are reasons one might start experiencing more severe memory loss. In fact, many types of drug abuse can cause someone to start losing their memory well before they’re old enough to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or Parkinson’s Disease.
Knowing the symptoms of mental illnesses and disorders can help you understand the causes of your memory loss. Of course, a full examination and diagnosis from your doctor is always best, but knowing what might be causing your memory loss can help aide your doctor in giving you the proper diagnosis and treatment for your illness.