If a patient is experiencing sudden short term memory loss, this can come as a big shock to the individual, especially if memory loss has not occurred in the past. The causes of sudden memory loss can be very wide and varied. Symptoms can be indicative of a serious medical condition or a disease or they may simply be the result of an unhealthy lifestyle, natural aging, or drug and alcohol abuse. There are things a patient can do to aid in stopping sudden loss of memory, but visiting a doctor is still incredibly important. The doctor can perform certain tests to determine why the memory loss is occurring and, if necessary, treat the condition that is causing them. In the event, however, that the memory loss is revealed to be just a result of natural aging or poor lifestyle choices, then the patient can take personal measures to reverse the process. These personal measures, however, should never be embarked upon until after a doctor has been visited and all of the necessary tests have been completed and found inconclusive.
The causes of sudden memory loss can include but are not limited to Alzheimer’s disease, especially if confusion and being at an advanced age are both present; abusing alcohol or being an alcoholic; having a brain tumor or other issues going on, particularly in the part of the brain that affects memory; the early or advanced stages of dementia; depression and other mental disorders; taking certain types of medication; having Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; having had a seizure, stroke, or other medical trauma, especially when the trauma was related to the head; having Parkinson’s disease; and a wide variety of other possible reasons. Obviously, many of these conditions are incredibly serious and will require medical attention as soon as possible.
If, after the doctor’s visit, the result of the initial tests and the further testing are inconclusive and the individual is otherwise healthy, there are things that can be done to improve memory. Many people find a great deal of help and comfort in taking vitamins or special herbal supplements meant to improve memory. These, of course, should not be taken without a doctor’s permission or approval, and they should be bought from quality manufacturers. Other steps for better memory might include the use of word puzzles or cognitive games that can help speed the memory and living a healthier lifestyle in general. This usually means eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, getting moderate exercise as approved by a doctor, and avoiding the use or abuse of alcohol, prescription medications, and illegal drugs or substances. When all of these things are done correctly and regularly, patients usually report relief from the symptoms of sudden short term memory loss.