Causes of memory loss

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Searching Causes of memory loss? Have just got the right spot to stop. Here, we are going to discuss the causes of memory loss.

Causes of memory loss: Introduction

Many times, people met a horrible accident. What happens at the physical level is one thing. But, sometimes, they lose their memory. Same can be the case when they hear some tragic news. These people forget their past. They even fail to remember and recognize their close friends and relatives. In some of the cases, they even fail to remember their own names.

Causes of memory loss

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Causes of memory loss: Amnesia

In psychology, they name this condition as “Amnesia”. Amnesia can be caused by many factors. In some of the cases, there may also be multiple reasons for the same.

  • Head injury

  • Mental Shock

  • Extreme Tiredness

  • Ill-Effects of medicines

  • Old age

  • After effects of drinking

These are some of the probable reasons for such a condition. However, there can be many more. But in most of the cases, the causing factor is one or many of these listed above.

Whatever among these may be the reason for amnesia, its effect on the brain is almost the same.

Causes of memory loss: Effect on the Brain

Memory is said to be stored in brain as a “Memory trace”. According to one theory, each experience sets up an oscillating pattern or wave of electrical excitation in a group of cells. Each learning experience generates its own unique pattern of excitation.

Whenever someone suffers from amnesia, he forgets events either preceding it or following it.

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Causes of memory loss: How long does it last?

The effect of the loss of memory may last for weeks, months, or in some case, for years. It always depends on the casual factors and the damage caused. There are people who have lost memory for life. One thing is however certain that in spite of the restoration of memory, some after effects always remain. These after effects cause permanent weakening of the memory to some extent.

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  1. Twitter:
    In the lost of memory, I really have fear for amnesia, because it takes time to recover lost memory most especially when it’s caused as a result of accident.
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  2. Twitter:
    Hi Adesanmi,
    yes indeed it takes a certain amount of time to recover the memory.
    Thanks for the comment.
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  3. Twitter:
    Yogesh, i come to know one interesting fact from your this memory loss post. thanks
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  4. Twitter:
    hi Rahul,
    thanks for the comment.
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  5. Twitter:
    How was the article? Short
    Was it worth? I don’t remember it :)
    Did you find it interesting to read? It was very basic and did not include any information that I have not heard already. Do you have an extra, interesting facts? Research maybe? Experiences of people with memory loss? How does being tired cause amnesia?
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    • Twitter:
      hi Bellaisa,
      thanks for the precious comment.
      as you are already aware of all the things which I have mentioned in the article, here is a bit factual information for you:
      1. Excessive intake of alcohol and nicotine has clinically been proven to cause memory loss. Intake of alcohol after a certain limit can cause the death of brain cells, and in many cases, it can also cause amnesia.
      2.Smoking causes strokes which may end up in the disordered psychology.
      3.The excess intake of chemicals can lead to changes in the way we think, feel and behave. They can make our mind do things in a very different manner. These chemicals can be present in either one of the mentioned below in their pure form or mixed with other edibles:
      alcohol, caffeine, sugar, chocolate, cakes, biscuits, cheese and bread.
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    • Brett Johnson says:

      haha, “Was it worth? I don’t remember it” , that was funny Bellaisa :)

  6. Twitter:
    Great informative article yogesh. There could be so many reasons for memory loss. You’ve mentioned & narrated all the reasons quite effectively. Great job.
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  7. Twitter:
    awesome and one of the best post on that title which i ever read, a bit short but informative. There are further sub types of memory loss, short term memory loss and long term memory loss, i don’t know exactly what these are, but looking forward to hear about it from you yogesh. Thanks
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  8. Twitter:
    Very interesting article, some also say that a deficiency of the right vitamins and the lack of eating the right foods to give balance to what the body needs to keep itself at the right performance levels, can lead to memory loss, well I think that’s what they say, couldn’t exactly remember, where am I anyway and what was I typing! lol ;)
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  9. Twitter:
    Hi Karen, I think that there is always a link of the deficiency of a particular thing in the diet if the person is ill.
    But, the case of loss of memory can be accidental also.
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  10. Twitter:
    I think I first heard about “Amnesia” in Bourne Identity movie, and it’s certainly a very frustrating situation where you don’t remember your friends, family members and your past. But yes there are treatments available which could help you to recover soon.
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  11. Twitter:
    This list is certainly some of the more common causes of memory loss. But what about those everyday memory loss episodes, such as forgetting your keys, misplacing your wallet or leaving your cellphone at home. This has happened to me on several occasions. I usually attribute this to old age, but sometimes I wonder if it is just me not making an effort to remember… -Pat.
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  12. Twitter:
    Hi Pat,
    the things you have mentioned are quite common in the everyday life.
    These are all because of the lack of concentration in what we are doing. These can not be stated as any kind of medical illness, I think!
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  13. Twitter:
    thats why you need to avoid binge drinking and smoking, it affects your memory and causes memory lost. great post!
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  14. Twitter:
    Thanks you bro for sharing this article. It gives very useful awareness to all of online community. The best part to learn from this article is taking rest, if we take rest then it becomes very healthy for you brains.
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  15. Twitter:
    Hi Muhammad,
    as too much of everything is harmful, the same is the case for the load to the brain.
    we should give it a good amount of break after certain duration.
    Thanks for the comment.
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  16. Twitter:
    hey Yogesh great article memory loss can be done by many things if you take alcohol regularly and anything if you are doing in eccessive amount it will be harmful.
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  17. Twitter:
    This article was really great and fantastic bro! Memory loss is a big problem you have clearly depicted the causes of memory loss.I am very happy to know the reasons of memory loss
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  18. Twitter:
    Yes it is interesting my friend.
    I don’t have significant memory loss however is not something we can neglect. Kind regards!
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  19. Wow. I didnt know that Extreme Tiredness can cause memory loss as well as after effects of drinking. Most of the cases I encountered, the reason of their amnesia are serious head injury and due to old age. But still thanks at least I am aware now. Should keep myself away from extreme tiredness.

  20. Twitter:
    hi Daniel,
    Thanks for dropping the comment.
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  21. Twitter:
    There is this amazing French movie called “Se Souvenir des Belles Choses”, which I think was translate in English by Beautiful Memories, and that would be a nice addition to the present article.
    This is about a young woman who is having memory loss and her life with this situation. It is a wonderful movie, poetic, sad but not pitiful. Helped me a lot to deal with my granma in the same situation.
    A must see !
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  22. Hi YOGESH,
    Thanks for such a useful information. Earlier while we talk about memory loss we used to think that the person is sick, but now I know that there can also be some other reason for memory loss.
    But still The main reason for a memory is due to some injury.
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  23. Great Article about the Causes of memory loss. Actually i never thought about it that i t can be happens, Really this post is very helpful. and i am very good feeling while i was read your article and i will tell to my friends…thanks alot for sharing This article with us..

  24. Twitter:
    One of causes of Memory loss is high tension and old age too. BTW thanks for sorting out the causes of memory loss. Mental tension are biggest reason of memory loss and being mad too!
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  25. Twitter:
    I never noticed any of the above signs still i forget things at random :(
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  26. Twitter:
    hi Sajid,
    as I have said it earlier also that it is the lack of concentration in all the cases…
    It can not be stated as the memory loss.
    I think you have got my point.
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  27. Twitter:
    Many times, people met a horrible accident. What happens at the physical level is one thing. But, sometimes, they lose their memory. What that mean?

  28. Twitter:
    hi prakash,
    it means that whenever a person met an accident, it harms him physically.
    But, here, we are concerned with the memory loss only.
    I think you might have understood it now.
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  29. Twitter:
    hi, i think depression also can causes memory loss, Being depressed can make it difficult to pay attention and focus, which can affect memory.
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  30. Twitter:
    Hey Yogesh,
    nice post and Thanks for sharing this post with us. I learned lots of good stuff after reading this post. Some horrible accident is the main reason for memory loss.
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  31. Twitter:
    I agree with Anastris I think depress can play a role in this and previously read something as well about memory loss and depression. Great article thanks for sharing.
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