Memory loss (amnesia)
Most people forget things from time to time. But you should see your GP if you keep having problems with your memory. It could be caused by something that can be treated.
When to see your GP
You should see your GP if memory problems are affecting your day-to-day life
It's probably nothing serious. But it's best to get checked because any treatment you might need may work better if it's started early.
At your appointment, your GP will ask you some questions to try to find the cause of your memory problems.
It might be useful to bring someone else with you who can help describe the problems you're having.
Your GP may refer you to a memory specialist for an in-depth assessment. Further tests, such as scans, may also sometimes be needed.
Any treatment that's recommended will depend on the cause of your memory problems.
If you're worried about an older relative who's becoming increasingly forgetful, speak to your GP about whether it could be a sign of dementia.
Causes of memory loss
Memory loss can just be a natural part of getting older.
Sometimes it may be caused by something common and treatable, like:
- anxiety or depression
- sleeping problems
Occasionally, memory loss can be a sign of something more serious, such as dementia.
Don't try to self-diagnose the cause of your memory loss – always see a GP.
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