Memory loss causes

Many people experience, very frequently or occasionally, different signs of memory loss, or forgetfulness. The signs of memory loss are usually forgetting words, forgetting where a person left his keys, or forgetfulness of a very recent event. These can cause panic and frustration, as they might be afraid that they are developing Alzheimer, especially if it runs in the family.

Although Alzheimer’s disease or other kinds of dementia can definitely be the reasons for memory loss, there are also many other factors that can be the causes of memory loss.

What causes memory loss and forgetfulness

What causes memory loss? There are many researches being done on this topic, and there are a variety of possible causes of memory loss, some of them can be emotional reasons:

Stress can be a reason for memory loss

Stress overloads are minds and body, and creates distraction and brain draining. Long term, chronic stress increases the risk of dementia, due to the fact that it constantly drains energy and causes damage to brain cells. Stress management, therefore is very important for maintaining the health of your brain.

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Depression can cause memory loss

Depression is very draining and can create disinterest and lack of engagement in your life that memory and concentration abilities can diminish. It can be so depleting that the brain has not enough energy to stay present and focused on the present moment and what is happening.

Because your brain does not have the capacity to be present and pay attention due to the depression, you might find yourself having difficulties remembering what happened.

Psuedodementia is a medical term that is used to describe the combination of memory loss with depression.

Anxiety can be a reason memory loss

Many people know the negative effect that anxiety has on cognitive skills, such as in the common example of anxiety of tests or public speaking, that can actually make your performance worse.

However, anxiety can also affect memory, since the fear affects the brain functioning and triggers a ‘flight or fight’ response in the brain, which signals the brain to keep the energy and blood flowing to the more primitive, primal parts of the brain, and does not allow enough blood flow and energy to the parts of the brain that are responsible for more advanced cognitive abilities, such as remembering.