Memory Loss: A Basic Overview
The human brain is complex. What is also complex is the definition of “memory.” Simply put, memory is defined as the retention and recollection of certain people, times and events. It could be something as simple as a childhood experience. Or it could be more complex like the recollection and sensations of different thoughts and feelings. Every person has their own way of handling their memories.
What happens though, when the memories begin to fade? This will happen to all of us at some point in our lives. It will also affect each of us differently. Some of us will lose certain memories very slowly. Some of us will lose our recollections very fast. Some of us will be able to get those thoughts and feelings back after a while, while some of us will lose these things for good.
In your twenties, the brain cells start to gradually die off, and your body produces lower amounts of the chemicals needed for memory function. The memories will still be locked inside.
Types Of Memory Loss
As mentioned above, every person is different. Some are affected by memory loss at a very young age. Others will take longer to reach this point, all depending on the person and the experiences he or she has.
This is when a person’s prior memories are locked away. He or she might have difficulty remembering certain things from their past. Depending on the memory, this could be a good or a bad thing. Fortunately, amnesia only affects certain past events, without impairing the here and now. For example, head trauma can often cause amnesia for events that happen directly before and after the injury. Some people may regain these memories back over time, because it’s not a permanent situation.
This degree of memory loss is usually the most severe. It not only affects how and when a person recalls certain things, it also affects their present day cognitive abilities. Usually this type of memory loss is not reversible and the person will get worse over time. This person has no control over what they say and do, having often forgotten about good judgment and awareness. Some people get delusions of grandeur with this type of memory loss. He or she won’t be able to remember the situation how it really happened, and will recall a distorted version of events.
At Integrated Neurology Services, we provide extensive treatment options to help patients with memory loss get the care they need and deserve. If you are in the Northern Virginia area, call us today to schedule an appointment. Help is only a phone call or click away.