Medically known as amnesia, memory loss is the inability to remember events or information. Amnesia can affect both short and long-term memory. Damage to the medial temporal lobe usually causes it. Memory tends to weaken naturally with age but can affect young people. Memory loss can be triggered by head trauma, emotionally disturbing experiences, or physical deficiencies. Learn the difference between natural memory loss and that caused by trauma. The following list outlines symptoms that are often associated with amnesia and may require medical attention.
The most common sign of memory loss is forgetfulness. People often forget little things. It is normal for a person sometimes to become forgetful of the details of a conversation. However early onset of memory loss makes a person extremely forgetful. A person may forget the entire conversation that just occurred. Short-term memory loss typically occurs. First, patients will forget important dates and events. They will repeatedly ask the same questions. Some people have difficulty recognizing the faces of close family and friends.
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