There are two kinds of memory loss: short-term memory loss and long-term memory loss. Both are extremely important to retain, but long-term memory loss can be more debilitating for some. Long-term memory loss includes memories that you have obtained throughout the years, and can sometimes stretch into decades. Though a different part of your brain processes long-term memory as opposed to the areas that handle short-term memory and working memory, it is important to understand the symptoms of long-term, severe memory loss.
Long-term memory loss can appear gradually or suddenly. Although memory loss is typical of the aging process, it can also be a sign of a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, or Parkinson’s Disease. Stress and mental illnesses can also cause long-term memory loss, but even so, it should never be handled lightly.
Symptoms of long-term memory loss typically come about when one has difficulty remembering important, significant events in their life. Perhaps they have blocked out entirely the birth of their first child or their wedding day. Moments like these are typically set in one’s long-term memory without it being hard to remember, but someone who deals with progressive forgetfulness of long-term memories should definitely consider mental evaluation. Short-term memory loss can also be concerning, but can be caused by other issues entirely, and may not be as permanent as long-term memory lapses.
Long-term memory loss should not be taken lightly. If you or someone you know is experiencing a progression in their long-term memory lapses, it is imperative to seek medical assistance and treatment.
I was diagnosed with long term to short term memory loss at age 17. I can’t remember most of my life. People tell me stories I can’t remember. Can’t remember my kids be in born. I’m 34 and forget things frequently I at times got to make myself notes. What should I do? I suffer from headaches too have to get shots so often in ER.
I deal with a good bit of that as well. Can remember some things and not others – but without journals, other than the “bones” of it and a few select things, the major portion of entire periods of my life go missing. It’s inconsistent; some things I do remember, some not.
I would recommend getting a complete neuropsych eval from a qualified neuropsychologist. I am about to go have another done.
And there is some skepticism in the medical community about the Amen clinic, I do intend to go there when I can save the money, and get on a brain plan. Also plan to pick up the Amen clinic brain program they always advertise on the PBS begathon each year. It looked pretty comprehensive – had a cookbook, brain games, informational lectures and so on. Right now that may be the only option as PBS stations allow people to get on a monthly donation plan.
Just came here to read the article – but this looks like an interesting site with some resources. Looking forward to checking it out. =)