Causes of Memory Loss

Memory loss is divided into two unique segments – long term, and short term.  Long term memory loss usually involves a blow to the head, and in severe cases, can cause people to forget much of their past, such as where they were born, or other childhood memories.

Generally, short term memory loss tends to be more common and can be caused by a host of factors.  If you or someone you love is becoming more and more forgetful, consider if the following applies to them:


  • Smoking or illicit drug use – Smoking and certain kinds of illicit drugs can deprive the brain of the oxygen it needs to thrive, leading to potential memory loss.
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs – Certain types of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines can cause temporary short term memory loss.  These include muscle relaxants, antihistamines, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medicine, sleeping pills, tranquilizers or strong pain medicines.
  • Depression, Stress or Lack of Sleep – Stress and lack of sleep can make it difficult to focus or concentrate.  Emotional trauma and severe depression can also lead to memory loss, particularly surrounding the event that triggered the trauma or depression.
  • Stroke – When blood cannot adequately reach the brain, a stroke results.  Strokes can also happen when a blood vessel leaks into the brain.  Depending on what part of the brain is affected, short term memory can be affected.  People who are suffering from memory loss as a result of a stroke can often recall childhood memories, but won’t remember conversations from five minutes ago.
  • Dementia – Dementia is a progressive type of memory loss that interferes with daily function. One of the most common forms of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, caused by a progressive loss or deterioration of brain cells. While we do not treat dementia, all of the other factors leading to memory loss can be reversed.
  • Poor Nutrition – Good nutrition is vital to the proper functioning of the body and includes a balance of fruits, vegetables, protein and healthy fats.

Of course, one of the main causes of memory loss is simply aging.  But, living with memory loss doesn’t have to be just one of those things you have to “deal with” as you get older.  We can help you restore and improve memory using state-of-the-art cognitive technology, regardless of the source of the problem.

If you or someone you love is affected by memory loss or forgetfulness, it’s worth scheduling a consultation with ACE Clinics.  Our professionals specialize in assessment and non-prescription neuro-cognitive treatments, which can help to improve and restore optimal brain function.

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