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Long-Term Memory Loss: 10 Things That Can Cause It

By    |   Friday, 27 May 2016 03:48 PM

Long-term memory loss is when someone has difficulty recalling memories stored in the neocortex. Those with long-term memory loss can create new memories, they just can’t retrieve some or all of their stored memories.

Here are some things that can cause long-term memory loss.

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1. Many people associate memory loss with Alzheimer’s disease, and this can be one cause of long-term memory loss. The disease is causes progressive loss of brain cells, with more and more memories being affected, typically over a period of years.

2. A head injury can harm the part of the brain that stores memories. Sometimes it’s just a temporary effect of swelling or bruising, and long-term memory comes back once the injury heals.

3. Sleep deprivation can lead to an inability to consolidate and recall information.

4. Sleep apnea causes sufferers to stop breathing briefly many times throughout the night, and can interfere with spatial navigational memory, such as remembering directions or where you put your keys.

5. Depression negatively impacts the ability to pay attention and focus.

6. Deficiencies of vitamin B1 and B12 can cause impaired memory and memory loss.

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A number of different medications can cause memory loss, including the following:

7. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can cause memory loss, since they have a sedative effect, says AARP.

8. Pain medications and sleeping pills can cause long term memory-loss, which is sometimes temporary until the drugs leave the system.

9. Statins pull cholesterol from all of the body’s tissues, and if they do this too rapidly, memory loss can be one of the effects, since cholesterol is needed for memory processes in the body.

10. Incontinence drugs and antihistamines can cause memory loss because they block chemicals involved in forming memories.

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