Surprising Causes of Memory Loss

You forget to pick up your child from soccer practice. 

Or your dad can’t find his car keys. 

Or grandma is asking the same question every half hour. 

Is it Alzheimer’s disease?

Maybe.

But before you rush to the conclusion that it’s Alzheimer’s, take a look at these common things that can cause memory loss:
  • Depression and stress
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Alcohol, tobacco or drug use
  • Medications
  • Nutritional deficiencies (especially B1 and B12)
  • Head injury
  • Stroke
  • Infection
  • Thyroid (under- or overactive)


Treatment for memory loss will depend on the cause. In a lot of cases, especially with some of the causes, above, memory loss can be reversed. 

The first step is to see your primary health care provider. Share your concerns, bring a complete list of medications and follow through with any recommendations or testing.

How GMC Can Help

Find the perfect physician for you at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/physician.

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