Memory ProblemsWe all have them, right?! When I’m stressed or excited, or overwhelmed by the tasks ahead, I’ll admit, I forget things. Although I’ve learned to make lists and compromised with my brain. I think a lot of us have had a malfunction or two with the old Thinking Muscle. Well I don’t want to talk about those times, or focus on those people. I want to say some things about those of you that have gone beyond the stages of once in a while. Those of you that have and continued to be affected by memory problems. I’m not sure how to say it, but you should see a doctor.
How to Tell if your Memory Problems are Serious
Some things to look for:
- Changes in Mood : If they become easily confused, suspicious, depressed or anxious, it may be time to look into help. Becoming easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places out of their comfort zone.
- Misplacing Things : Not just losing things like wallets, watches, key, etc., but misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps to find it. The fact of losing the focus to find what was lost may constitute more serious memory problems.
- Confusion : With time, place, people, surroundings and conversations. Social situations can also be good indicators. When someone withdraws or gets confused with what is being discussed. Stopping in the middle of stories and forgetting what they were explaining.
- Poor Decisions : Losing the desire to maintain hygiene, poor money management and trusting in things or people they normally would not. For example giving or sending money to telemarketers withour question.
- Word Problems : Progressing issues with forming words, conversation or explaining / describing objects. Normal vocabulary may diminish.
Early Detection of Memory Problems
Take advantage of available treatments
There are many options that you can explore through a doctor familiar with memory problems to alleviate symptoms and live a more independent life. You may also increase your chances of joining in clinical drug trials that help advance research in memory care.