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When memory loss becomes more significant
For some, memory loss can be more significant. When memory loss begins to interfere with day-to-day functioning the problem may be a warning sign of something more. For example:
Family, friends, and acquaintances should take note when a significant change in skill, routine, or behavior occurs, particularly if the person is very different than before the change. For example:
It is important to note that any one of the issues mentioned above alone does not signify memory loss. Instead, it offers a “red flag” which warrants additional attention and investigation.
What to do if memory loss is suspected?
Whenever memory loss is suspected the first step is to see a physician. Your primary physician can refer you to a specialist who can work to identify the cause of the memory loss. Generally your physician may refer you to a neurologist, internist, and/or a psychiatrist.
Why is a physician visit needed?
Memory loss can have numerous origins. Some medical conditions when left untreated can result in increased confusion and memory loss. As a result, an individual may be inaccurately diagnosed with a form of dementia when in fact they may have a medical condition such as thyroid problems, lack of Vitamin B12, drug reaction, infection, or depression. A physician will complete a battery of tests identifying any treatable conditions and recommending appropriate treatment if it is warranted.
If the memory loss and confusion are due to a
medical condition when treatment is provided the individual may
notice a decrease or elimination of symptoms.
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