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Learn about a wide range of mental illnesses and how to deal with them.
You Will Need
- Personal awareness
Understand effects of exhaustion
Understand that mental exhaustion can mimic the signs of early phase Alzheimer's. If you create stress with an unrealistic workload, unhealthy habits, and a lack of sleep, the memory suffers.
Research normal aging
Research normal aging and learn how a healthy brain's structure and function changes, resulting in alterations in short term memory. Such slow and mild cognitive impairment is natural.
Confuse through depression
Suffer from depression and, over many years, your memory will be affected adversely. With treatment, however, depression can be prevented from causing permanent memory problems.
Have a stroke or head injury and you are likely to experience substantial memory problems. Though only some memory function may return, a better diet and self-control may prevent further degradation.
Note side effects
Note the side effects of medications and ask a pharmacist about interactions, which can sometimes result in memory loss. There is debate over whether statin drugs cause dementia-like symptoms.
Identify bad habits
If you practice consistently poor eating habits or experience frequent bouts of dehydration, memory problems could develop. The brain needs fuel, and depleting that supply can invite problems that may become permanent.
Isolate and forget
Isolate yourself and become lonely, or just bored, worried, and sad, and forgetfulness or confusion can follow. See a counselor or get active and socialize.