Posted April 16, 2014
Do you frequently forget small details or big events in life? Forgetfulness, or memory loss, has a number of different causes. Yahoo Health offers a list of eight reasons why people experience memory loss.
- Stress – People who are overloaded with work, family responsibilities or worries may struggle to stay focused and remember things because the brain is overstimulated; stressful experiences also may disrupt sleep and interfere with the brain’s normal activity of sorting and organizing memories
- Depression – Being depressed may make it more difficult for people to focus on tasks; depression also impacts the brain’s ability to store short-term memories
- Medications – Several prescription and over-the-counter medications, such as muscle relaxers, antidepressants, antihistamines, tranquilizers, sleeping pills and pain medications, may impede memory
- Hypothyroidism – If the thyroid gland isn’t functioning properly, the body may not be able to create nutrients necessary for cell energy and may cause forgetfulness
- Pregnancy or menopause – A 2010 study at the University of Bradford in England discovered that pregnant women often have memory problems from the second trimester of their pregnancy into three months postpartum; estrogen level changes that occur during pregnancy tend to affect chemicals in the brain
- Alcohol – Scientists have reported that excessive consumption of alcohol not only damages organs in the body, such as the liver and kidneys, but also may shrink the frontal lobe of the brain, which is important for higher intellectual function, including memory
- Head injury – WebMD reports that trauma to the head may injure the brain and cause short- and long-term memory loss; sometimes injury-related memory problems improve over time
- Aging – As people age, the brain slows down; it’s common for people to struggle to remember words or people’s names as they get older
To learn more, review Mayo Clinic’s article about memory loss.