Decreased Ability To Remember With A History Of Falls?
Bismillah .. night, I am 27 years old. In 2018 I fell on the lavatory, and had a CT scan, but the doctor said the results were normal. It’s just a few times lately, I have experienced strange things, such as difficulty remembering people’s names, even though I still remember his face, once I measured the ability when I could recall the name of the person I forgot, but it took more than 1 hour. Finally I gave up and asked a friend about the name of the person I forgot. This incident, not just once, but already more than 3 times. I’ve also forgotten the place that I visited 2 days before. Please help doctor.
Hello Sinta, thank you for the question.
Forgetting is a natural thing for someone. Sometimes a person forgets something that is usually very common for that person. This is only natural, as long as it does not drag on. Memory consists of short-term and long-term memory. Short-term memory is formed quickly, but also quickly forgotten. For example when we have to memorize account numbers. Long-term memory is formed gradually, experiencing consolidation, so that a long-lasting memory is formed. The formation of long-term memory requires repeated exposure to something. Over time it will become a very close memory, so when we take the memory, it will appear reflexively. For example parents' names. A person will quickly, almost like a reflex, be able to name his parents.
Sometimes the old memory is not used, it becomes difficult to retrieve. It takes a while to generate memory that hasn't been used in a long time Various possibilities you can experience, for example:
Not focus. When you experience an event, it is possible that your focus is not 100% directed to the event. As a result, a complete memory is not formed. So it is difficult for you to remember again. Psychic stress. The burden on the psychic also greatly affects one's memory. For example when someone experiences stress due to work, then that person can easily forget trivial things, such as where to place an object that has just been held by it. Certain mental disorders. Conditions such as depression, panic attacks, or anxiety disorders, can affect a person's memory, either the process of remembering old memories or the process of forming new memories. The effect of certain drugs. Disorders of the central nerve. Can occur due to ischemia (decreased blood supply to a part of the brain) or bleeding. Ischemia can be caused by narrowing of the arteries of the brain. Ischemia may also be caused by a condition such as dehydration, hypotension, hypoglycemia. Bleeding is caused by rupture of blood vessels of the brain, for example in hypertension and brain aneurysms. Tumors or cysts in the brain. Depending on the location, the symptoms can be different. Brain infections and brain membranes. Post trauma. Generally occurs immediately or several days after trauma. Things to remember that, memory disorders due to brain disorders, generally also accompanied by other symptoms. Symptoms can include headaches, nausea, vomiting, stiff necking, and fever.
You should consult with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Especially if you feel that memory loss is getting clearer and disturbing to your daily functioning. For example, you forget more and more the names of things, or forget words when talking. Try to help your memory by making small notes containing important things. Recite or read something over and over again, so that long-term memory is formed.
Thus my brief information, hopefully there are benefits in it. Regards.