Symptom: Forgetfulness


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Forgetfulness: Forgetting things or loss of memory ability
Introduction: Loss of memory is a common symptom, particular in the elderly. Memory loss may also be associated with concentration symptoms. Many people fear a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease but many other possibilities exist, including simply the normal deterioration of memory function with aging. Other possibilities include the side effects of various medications and other medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, certain brain conditions (e.g. stroke or brain tumors) and various types of dementia. Any memory-related symptoms need prompt professional medical advice to determine the correct diagnosis.
Description: A lot of people experience memory lapses. Some memory problems are serious, and others are not. People who have serious changes in their memory, personality, and behavior may suffer from a form of brain disease called dementia. Dementia seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities. Alzheimer's disease is one of many types of dementia. 1
Detailed cause information for symptom: Forgetfulness:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Forgetfulness (77 conditions)
  • Medications or substances causing symptom: Forgetfulness (7 listings)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Forgetfulness (57 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing complication: Forgetfulness (17 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Symptoms related to Forgetfulness: concentration symptoms (30)
    Forgetfulness type of: Memory symptoms (59)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Forgetfulness: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Forgetfulness as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Medications or substances causing Forgetfulness: The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Forgetfulness as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Forgetfulness: The following list of conditions have 'Forgetfulness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Agenesis of the corpus callosum ... impaired auditory memory, impaired visual memory
  • Aging ... Slight memory loss
  • Alcohol abuse ... memory problems
  • Alcohol Withdrawal ... loss of memory
  • Alcoholism ... loss of memory
  • Alzheimer's Disease ... forgetting how to do everyday tasks, forgetfulness, forgetting names, memory loss
  • Amnesia ... temporary memory loss, permanent memory loss, partial memory loss, memory loss, total memory loss
  • Amnesic shellfish poisoning ... permanent short-term memory loss
  • Amnestic disorder ... memory disturbances, memory loss, decline in memory ability
  • Arteriovenous Malformation ... memory loss
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ... forgetfulness
  • Autoimmune thyroid diseases ... forgetfulness

    B

  • Behcet's Disease ... memory loss
  • Binswanger's Disease ... loss of memory
  • Brain cancer ... memory problems, memory loss

    C

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ... loss of memory, short-term memory loss
  • Cirrhosis of the liver ... forgetfulness
  • Classic childhood ALD ... poor memory
  • Concussion ... memory problems
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease ... memory failure
  • Cryptococcal Meningitis ... memory loss

    D

  • Dementia ... Forgetfulness, memory loss, short-term memory loss
  • Dementia With Lewy Bodies ... memory loss
  • Depression ... forgetfulness
  • Depressive disorders ... forgetfulness
  • Dysthymia ... forgetfulness

    E

  • Encephalitis ... memory loss

    F

  • Fetal alcohol syndrome ... memory difficulty
  • Frostbite ... memory loss

    H

  • Head injury ... memory loss
  • HIV/AIDS ... forgetfulness, short-term memory loss
  • Huntington's Disease ... forgetfulness, difficulty remembering a fact
  • Hydrocephalus ... memory loss
  • Hyperparathyroidism ... impaired memory
  • Hypothyroidism ... forgetfulness

    K

  • Korsakoff's psychosis ... amnesia, loss of short-term memory, creating fictional stories to hide memory gaps, progressive memory loss

    L

  • Lead poisoning ... Memory problems
  • Lupus ... memory problems
  • Lyme disease ... memory loss

    M

  • Menopause ... forgetfulness, memory loss
  • Multi-Infarct Dementia ... memory problems
  • Multiple Sclerosis ... memory difficulties

    O

  • Obstructive sleep apnea ... forgetfulness
  • Olivopontocerebellar Atrophy ... memory loss

    P

  • Pellagra ... memory loss
  • Pick's Disease ... loss of memory
  • Postpartum depression ... memory problems
  • Prion diseases ... memory problems
  • Problem Sleepiness ... memory problems
  • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy ... memory failure

    R

  • Reye's Syndrome ... forgetfulness

    S

  • Sleep apnea ... forgetfulness
  • Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis ... memory loss

    T

  • Thyroid disorders ... forgetfulness

    V

  • Variant CJD ... memory loss

    W

  • Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome ... amnesia, loss of short-term memory, creating fictional stories to hide memory gaps, progressive memory loss
  • Whiplash ... memory loss
    Conditions listing complications: Forgetfulness: The following list of conditions have 'Forgetfulness' or similar listed as a complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Alzheimer's Disease ... memory loss
  • Amnesic shellfish poisoning ... permanent short-term memory loss
  • Amphetamines ... impaired memory
  • Anoxia ... amnesia, memory loss

    B

  • Barbiturate abuse ... memory loss
  • Behcet's Disease ... memory loss

    C

  • Cirrhosis of the liver ... forgetfulness
  • Concussion ... memory loss

    D

  • Dementia ... memory problems
  • Down Syndrome ... memory loss

    K

  • Korsakoff's psychosis ... permanent memory loss

    L

  • Lead poisoning ... Memory problems
  • Lyme disease ... memory problems

    M

  • Marijuana ... memory problems

    P

  • Pregnancy ... forgetfulness

    S

  • Stroke ... short-term memory problems

    W

  • Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome ... permanent memory loss



    Footnotes:
    1. excerpt from Forgetfulness It's Not Always What You Think - Age Page - Health Information: NIA

    Last revised: Nov 26, 2003

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