How depression can make you lose your memory

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How depression can make you lose your memory

Depression leads to memory loss, it stops people from focusing on work and hampers decision-making ability. Normally, depression leads to only short-term memory loss. On the same time, depression can also cause sadness, anxiety, numbness, or hopelessness and a loss of interest in activities.

It affects the processing speed of the human brains. It impairs their ability to take in information quickly and efficiently. Even though the depression-based memory may just be mildly annoying in the beginning, but such defects can become quite serious over time. Therefore, it results in a diminished level of functioning in various aspects.
How to manage memory loss:

A regular counselling or therapy and antidepressants could help in the memory loss. Using memory aids such as alarm clocks to keep track of time, color-coding household items, placing safety notes with instructions on appliances and considering a home care provider, will help you to get away with memory loss.

Other causes of memory loss:

  • Memory loss can also be a cause of age-related problems.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It causes progressive, irreparable brain damage and memory loss.
  • A mild cognitive impairment or a minor head injury or trauma can also trigger slight memory problems.
  • Major diseases like brain tumours, brain infections, can affect your memory. And vitamin B-12 deficiency can also create such problems just like alcoholism or drug abuse.
  • Hypothyroidism is another factor which brings the memory loss problems.
  • Brain or nerve damages caused by diseases such as Parkinson and multiple sclerosis.
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can cause memory loss as it alters brain chemistry. can reverse the symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses.

Diagnosing memory loss:
Diagnosing a memory loss may include a number of tests. During the tests, you should share every problem related to memory loss to the doctor. Few tests include blood test, MRI, etc.

People with depression are likely to lose memory. If you have problems with your memory, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor at the earliest.

 

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