Memory Problems

Memory problems or dementia can result from progressive damage to the brain in conditions like Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. The use of certain medications, head injury, stress, anxiety, vitamin B12 deficiency, and hypothyroidism can result in reversible or temporary memory loss.

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My mother forgets her daily tasks and shows some signs of memory loss. Does she require immediate medical attention?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 75 years old and often shows some signs of memory loss. She resides with my younger brother. She forgets her daily tasks, including the door, kitchen, bathroom, and other family members also. But she remembers old things. Also, she often makes sounds during the night and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Easodha Vidhya. E

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for posting your query on this platform. From the information you have provided, it is possible that your mother has some sort of cognitive impairment or dementia. Having said that, she would need an in-person assessment, and relevant investigations to conf...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to memorize despite repeated learning?

Query: Hello doctor, I cannot memorize anything despite learning many times or reciting speech. I find it very difficult to study. I become desperate when I cannot memorize anything. Thi has been present for the last five years. Please help. I am currently on Laroxyl to help me sleep.   Read Full »

Dr. K. V. Anand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Memory and mind power depends on three aspects: Understanding, retention, and recollection. Recollection is easy if your retention is proper and flawless. Retention is possible when you are able understand what you read or learn. To understand, you should have con...  Read Full »

I have had thinking problems, intense tiredness, and headaches, and my mind is always blank. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor,For more than three months after my depression, I have had thinking problems and memory problems. I cannot remember and concentrate on anything. I feel like it is not me anymore, detached from my body, and the world is unreal. I had intense tiredness, and headaches, my mind was blank, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have read your query and understand your concern.You may have a major depressive disorder. It is common to have brain fog and loss of thinking memory during the depression. There is non-pharmacological management for your depression. However, it would be best to try fo...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of taking Adderall for a long time?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 29 year old boyfriend, who weighs 190 lbs and 6 feet tall, he is a former athlete in college. He was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia through the spinal tab, five years ago. He is now taking Adderall 60 mg a day total, spread over six times, and is using Flumazenil cream, wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Idiopathic hypersomnia is a sleep disorder even less common than narcolepsy, a rare sleep disease. The biggest distinguishing characteristics include differences in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the absence of cataplexy (a sudden weakness in the muscles while fully co...  Read Full »

I have been taking Risperidone for three months. Could it be causing me trouble concentrating and memorizing?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been taking Risperidone for three months. I had a mental disease, due to which my doctor recommended this dose. I started from 2 mg around the sixth month, and it reduced to 1 mg. I am not able to concentrate and memorize anything in my studies. I wanted to know whether it was becau...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. First of all, I need to know about your disease and the disease's severity and duration. You are taking Risperidone, which is an antipsychotic. So you may have a psychotic disorder. A psychotic disorder may l...  Read Full »

Does Prozac insomnia go away?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a medical graduate having trouble in sleeping. My psychiatrist told it is a panic disorder. First she gave me Escitalopram 10 mg for which I got akathisia, severe irritability and sleeplessness got aggravated. She later changed it to Fludac 20 mg in the morning at 8 AM. I did not ...  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Fluoxetine is known to cause significant insomnia in many patients as it is an activating drug.Even if it is taken early morning, it can still cause insomnia, particularly in the initial few days or weeks.My advice would be if you are doing well on Fluoxetine, apart fr...  Read Full »

What might help a person with difficulty in processing information and direction?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 21-year-old. His weight is 130 lbs, and his height is 6'6''. He has been having difficulty with memory and getting direction and information properly. I did a neurotransmitter test for him. The result came GABA 1.04, serotonin 54.36, and glutamate 10.34 which is low. What kin...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to These findings indicate low neurotransmitters (serotonin, GABA) which may be responsible for his problems. These findings could also indicate anxiety or depression. I suggest doing complete blood count and checking thyroid hormone levels. Considering his young age,...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for attention deficit disorder?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from attention deficit and disturbed memory problems. It affects the speed of my work. Presently I am taking tablet Fenofibrate 145 mg once daily and tablet Avital once daily for high triglycerides and disturbed lipids. Kindly suggest a treatment for my above problems.  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhi Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have thoroughly read your query. But only with this much detail of symptoms, it is difficult to reach the diagnosis. So, please elaborate on your symptoms and answer a few questions. For how long have you been suffering from these problems? Do you have other depressive...  Read Full »

Does intake of Chantix alter a person's memory?

Query: Hi doctor, I started taking Chantix to quit smoking for around three months now. The side effects I noticed were vivid dreams and becoming more withdrawn. Two months back, my girlfriend and I got into a domestic dispute. My honest memory of this incident is that she started verbally abusing me from ...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The behavioral disturbances that you had exhibited were unlikely to have been caused by Chantix (Varenicline).It is just that you got disturbed that day and had reacted to the stressful situation. The memories that you have are real time memories and not imagined as you t...  Read Full »

I have seizures, balance, and memory issues, for which I got a brain biopsy. Please interpret the report.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had balance and memory issues for about a year, and my seizures started two months back. I had a brain biopsy done, for which the results have come, and I would like to have some information about what it means. Currently, I am taking anti-seizure, gout, and cholesterol medicati...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Your report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) shows a large brain tumor (glioma), one of the most common brain tumors in this age group. The tumor is associated with some bleeding foci, which im...  Read Full »

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