Natural Memory Medicine and Brain Function?
We all forget things from time to time. Where did I put the car keys? What was I about to say? Why did I walk into this room? Memory loss can be triggered by a variety of things. Whether we get distracted, have an underlying medical condition, or are simply getting older, everyone experiences lapses in memory.
Memory loss is categorized into three different areas all with varying levels of severity:
- Dementia – A slow decline of memory, problem solving and learning ability, and judgment. While age is a common fact in the onset of dementia (the leading cause of dementia in people over 65 is Alzheimer’s disease) other medical conditions can lead to this loss of memory. In some cases, depending on the cause, dementia can be reversible.
- Delirium – A sudden change in a person’s mental status and capacity. It can cause confusion, abnormal sleep cycles or inability to fall asleep, and strange, erratic behavior. Many different things can cause delirium in people of all ages from substance abuse to allergies to cancer and other medical conditions.
- Amnesia – A permanent or temporary loss of memory. Amnesia can range from the inability to remember names to complete loss of identity and sense of self. Onset of amnesia can be caused by head injury, stroke, combat, car accidents, substance abuse, or other traumatic events.