Memory Loss

Age-related memory loss is common, as most people suffer from some degree of memory loss as they age. But, memory loss that becomes severe due to an underlying cause, such as Alzheimer's, vitamin B12 deficiency, sleep disorders, low oxygen supply to the brain, brain tumor, etc., can lead to severe complications.

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My grandfather is having memory loss, mood swings, and confusion. Is this due to Alzheimer's disease?

Query: Hi doctor, My grandfather, who is in his sixties, shows symptoms of Alzheimer's disease such as memory loss, mood swings, and confusion. But I find some evidence to be this is pseudodementia because the episodes are likely to correlate with periods when he is less social. So is it possible to determ...  Read Full »

Dr. Abhaya Kant Tewari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Neurologists do various clinical tests and observations, and the doubts can be really to diagnose dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. It may be worthwhile taking him to a neurologist to clarify this problem. To accuratel...  Read Full »

Can I get out of suicidal thoughts after electroconvulsive therapy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am going in for ECT to help with thoughts of dying etc. What is the success rate of ECT? Can it erase memory? What is the percentage of memory loss? Currently I am taking Ziprasidone medicine. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Electroconvulsive therapy is one of the best treatments for actively suicidal patients. It gives dramatic improvement to dying thoughts. As per my personal experience, it has more than 90 percent success rates in patients with suicidal thoughts. There will be a memory is...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to concentrate on work and keep hearing voices?

Query: Hi doctor, I hear sounds, which are not necessarily voices, and I cannot focus on text or computer. I have memory loss, confusion, and forgetfulness. These symptoms have become relevant from the past week. I suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD. I am under Lexapro, Abilify, Mirtazapine, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Are you aware that the sounds which you are hearing are not real and are just in your head? You have a history of multiple concussions. That can cause some brain lesion like atrophy or encephalomalacia. These findings can cause the symptoms. It can be checked by CT or M...  Read Full »

My grandmother has memory loss. Does it require urgent attention, change in medicine, or treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, This consultation is regarding the symptoms of my grandmother over the past ten months. My grandmother developed memory loss, specifically her short-term memory. Her remote and recent memory seems to be intact. She fails to recognize people close to her at times. She also has had a decrea...  Read Full »

Dr. Abhaya Kant Tewari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your description of the patient's problem in detail clarifies the situation. She seems to be suffering from dementia (her doctor has ruled out the common directly treatable causes of the same and is treating her for atherosclerotic brain vessel disease). It appears t...  Read Full »

I am 45 years old and suffering from dementia. What can I do to save myself?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother started showing symptoms of dementia in her early 40s and died when she was 62 years old. She had two brothers who died of it at 65 years. I am 45 years old now and waiting for a doctor's appointment scheduled for the next month. I am a registered nurse and cannot continue my...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you consult a doctor for cognitive testing. The doctor might order magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, blood tests, thyroid hormone, and vitamin D tests to know the causes because reversible causes can be addressed early. The doctor might also refe...  Read Full »

I feel like I do not live in the present and live in my head. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, From an early age, I was told by my family that I was not talented or useful like others. My family does not interact with others that much, and they kept me away. As a result, I ended up my high school without having a decent number of friends. I lived alone in my room, locking my door b...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to I understand your concern. People and families are all different with their strengths and weaknesses. It looks like your expectations were different. Understandably, your confidence is low. It is quite common for people to daydream and fantasize about escaping from d...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for my mother, who is suffering from recurrent unipolar depression?

Query: Hello doctor, My 48 year old mother is probably suffering from a recurrent unipolar depression as per the treatment that the local psychiatrist is giving. It seems that the medicines are not working this time. She is not able to get up from the bed and does not feel like doing anything, even her d...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As your mother is suffering from a treatment-resistant depression, she is not responding to multiple drugs. ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) is a good treatment modality with very few side effects if administrated properly. Also, there are unlikely any long term side e...  Read Full »

Can I take Sibelium for migraines?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 years old. I am suffering from migraine for the last 15 years. There is a throbbing pain on one corner of the head and generally the next day it almost definitely shifts to the other corner. This cycle continues. So, the frequency is around 2 headaches per week. I used to take P...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Both Carbamazepine and Flunarizine have side effect of memory loss. You should take tablet Vasograin. It is most effective at the onset of migraine. Once migraine starts, though it reduces some symptoms, but not so effectively. So along with it, take tablet Diclomol (com...  Read Full »

Will degenerative dementia cause memory lapses with aggressive behavior?

Query: Hi doctor,My wife is 90-year-old. She suffers from memory lapses. Sometimes wakes up at odd hours and steps into the kitchen thinking it is morning to prepare tea.She forgets where she keeps the money, keys, etc., then gets upset or blames the workers. If I reorient her, she gets agitated. Sometimes...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some further details about the symptoms: 1) Since when symptoms of forgetting started? 2) Since when she started to become agitated and harming caregivers? 3) Does she have self-talking or talking with someone (without anyone being pre...  Read Full »

Why do I have weight loss, memory problems, and body pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34-year-old female. My issues are weight loss, memory loss, and body pain. I had medication for depression for two years. My vitamin D3 level is 34. Currently, I am taking Ashwagandhadi, Liv-on, and Amlapitta. I had taken medication for two years for depression.  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Vitamin D3 levels should be between 20 to 50 ng/mL. A 34 ng/mL level of vitamin D is normal and is ruling out vitamin D deficiency. If the weight loss is of short duration, it may be due to thyroiditis or some acute infection. If the weight loss is of longer duratio...  Read Full »

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