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September 6, 2011

How To Cope With Long Term Memory Loss

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Imagine losing important files containing important personal information and records that you have accumulated and archived all through the years for easy access in case you need them? Frustrating, right? What more for people who suffer long term memory loss?

Long Term Memory Loss Facts to Remember

Long term memory is the part of your brain where more significant memories are kept. These recollections hold more significance for some reason, perhaps because of the content or through constant practice and meaningful association. These are deposited by additional synapses between neurons into long term memory storage. Your long term memory has a great impact on your personality and your paradigm of the world. That is why, if you go through any kind of long term memory loss, you may no longer be the same person. You may not be there because the memories that helped shape you as a person is missing. There are several causes why some people lose their long term memory, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia, hormonal fluctuations, and hypothyroidism. Aging is also one common factor since our brain cells degenerate as we grow old, hence, we lose our long term memory. A number of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parksinsons disease can also negatively affect long term memory. Long term alcoholism and traumatic brain injury are also other ways of undermining the ability to store and retrieve long term memory since they can also impair brain cells.

Dealing With Long Term Memory Loss

Consult a physician to find out if your long term memory loss is caused by serious factors, including a neurodegenerative disease or other diseases and syndromes. But if you think that your long term memory problem is due to less grave causes or as a course of nature ( as in the case of aging), then there are some measures that you can take to help you deal with your everyday existence. You can write journals, detailed lists, reminders and letters to yourself. Have one place to store all of your important items and see to it to always place these items there. Observe your problem with long term memory. Should you notice that the problem is exacerbating, immediately see your doctor.

Long term memory loss could be a grave problem because you can lose important memories that lay the foundation of who you are and your perceptions of the world. Eventually, your family and loved ones could lose the real you. Hence, you must consult a doctor especially if you think that the underlying cause is more serious.

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Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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