In the twilight years of his life, Former US President Ronald Reagan could remember only some very close family members due to his memory loss. Many people who went to see him realized that he could not remember them.
Apparently, our brain functions in a way that certain information is kept in a long term memory storage area or it even becomes a part of our subconscious memory. The memory of ones’ relatives is important than someone who was a neighbor a few years ago. Less important information is kept in short term memory. What all you bought from grocery store a week ago, is an example of such information which you may not remember after some time. Information in this short term memory is erased and replaced with new information as the time lapses. With excessive information going into human brains for the past 10 years due to social media on cellphones, besides ultra-bright and big size TVs and internet is now creating damaging impact on brain.
Short-term memory loss is the state of forgetting incidents or happening of recent past. It’s a natural phenomenon to forget anything as humans start aging but can be a cause of concern if the problem is persistent and impacting day to day lives constantly, among youngsters or people of different age groups. In a few cases, this condition could be due to a serious inherent medical condition like dementia, a brain injury, or a mental health issue.
Short-term memory is the pattern followed by a human brain to store small amounts of information as it is absorbed. According to Medical experts and scientists, short-term memory is often classified as working memory and short-term memory but normal people don’t know to differentiate between them.
Let us study the causes of Short-term memory loss.
Many of the following are responsible for this alarming condition:
- Advancing years
- Head injuries due to accidents or concussions
- Excessive consumption of anti-depressants and other medications
- Deficiency of Vitamin B-12
- Brain tumors
- Anxiety and Depression
- Severe stress and strain
Doctors too cannot diagnose the true cause of short-term memory loss in many cases. Short-term memory loss is progressive in some instances and that means the condition worsens as the years pass by further resulting in long-term memory loss. Such conditions lead to dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Their conditions don’t have any cures, but some treatments may help in slowing down the process.
Symptoms of short-term memory loss
Usually, short-term memory loss leads to forgetting recent things. This can lead to:
Asking the same questions repetitively
Forgetting what you did a few minutes before
Forgetting recent happenings
Diagnosis of short-term memory loss
Firstly, your doctor may question you about your memory loss, such as since when you have been experiencing it, your symptoms, and what remedies did you follow to counter the issue.
They’ll also investigate your general health and lifestyle, any injuries or illnesses and the medications.
Ideally, there are no permanent cures for any of the above issues. We are talking now about how to be cautious from day 1 to stay safe from even getting into that scary zone of forgetting our present and past. There have been very sympathetic cases of people forgetting themselves, their families and everything that concerns their whole lives.
On a serious note, according to the findings of some medical researches, it has been identified that excessive usage of mobile phones, gadgets and other devices are emanating radiations and hence, have started impacting the nervous system, brain functioning, hearing abilities and many other neurological functions. Nobody would understand this till the situation goes beyond imagination and control, where we have a very little or no chance of recovering from the damages caused to our precious health. In addition to this, most of the people today are glued to social networking forums for many hours in a day which is leading to storing a lot of unwanted information in their brains.
These addictions are directly responsible for sleep disorders, psychological disorders, eating disorders and idiosyncrasies. One has to slowly introduce changes in lifestyle like exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, trying to sleep at normal hours, avoiding focusing on useless information and staying close to nature and families for emotional support. As they always say, prevention is better than cure, we must look back into the years of childhood when we lived happily and healthily with our families and friends where we never had any of these life-sucking gadgets. Health is Wealth always.