Our life, our personality is made up of memories, some good and some bad. The bad memories have their purpose, in that they provide us with warning signs that danger is ahead. If it were not for the bad memories, such as the memory of what happened when we touched that hot stove, we would never know not to repeat that act again and again. Bad memories remind us to proceed with caution when we are about to thread on dangerous ground. Good memories are the things that bring a smile to our faces; that brighten our souls when we are feeling a little down.
Everyone has benchmark memories that they have cultivated all their lives. These memories are of our interactions with our families and friends. Without these memories, we would become empty vessels. Sufferers from brain damage and dementia, with resultant memory loss (if total memory loss) are often described as being not the same person they once were. That is why the loss of our memory is a terrible thing.
What Can Cause Memory Loss?
Memory loss can be caused by brain injury or disease. If you receive trauma to your head severe enough, you can suffer memory loss, either partial or total. Some diseases such as Alzheimer’s eventually lead to a total loss of memory.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the leading causes of dementia, usually afflicting older citizens. It is described as a chronic neurodegenerative disease that starts slowly and progresses with time. The symptoms can start with short term memory loss. We all have times when we forget where our car keys are after we misplace them. This type of short term memory loss is not a problem, however, if we find the keys, but cannot remember what they are for, then that would be the time to consult with your doctor.
Physicians are not sure what causes the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It is thought that 70 per cent of the risk of getting Alzheimer’s is genetic. There is also no known cure. There is information and resources available to sufferers, their caregivers and loved ones. Research into the cause and prognosis of this disease is ongoing. See alz.org for more information.
Other Contributors to Memory Loss
There are many things we come into contact with throughout our lives that can contribute to or cause moderate to severe, temporary or permanent memory loss. These things can range from; (1) use of medications whether prescription or recreational; (2) excessive use of alcohol; (3) stroke; and (4) anything that cuts off oxygen supply to the brain for the amount of time necessary to result in the destruction of brain cells. There is a good probability that moderate and temporary loss of memory can be restored. However, severe and permanent memory loss will, in all probability, leave the sufferer with a lifetime disability. See WebMD.com for more information.
Brain injury leading to either disability or death as a result of brain damage is a very serious matter. To consult with an experienced brain injury attorney on this issue, or if you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury or a brain trauma due to the actions of another, contact Levin & Perconti at (312) 332-2872 for a free consultation.