Lapses in memory may jump from an ordinary instance due to mental fatigue or overload to a serious memory problem. Go through the checklist below if you are experiencing some of these symptoms:
* Difficulties with language, such as frequently forgetting simple words or substituting inappropriate words.
* Disorientation in familiar locales or in familiar situations.
* Poor judgment.
* Confusion about time of day, month, season, or decade.
* Memory problems accompanied by other symptoms such as extreme fatigue, loss of enthusiasm, unusual mood changes, agitation, listlessness, problems with balance and coordination,vision problems, numbness, shortness of breath, chest pain, and headaches.
Evaluation through battery tests of various forms (language, counting, problem solving) facilitated by a psychologist is recommended to find out whether or not your memory is in perfect sync with your age bracket's memory capability.
If your results suggest that there may be some memory loss, you may rule out physical causes of memory problems, such as head injury, alcohol and drug abuse, sleep disorders. Further clinical studies may be conducted to see if a memory disorder has started to build up in connection with other disease. Thorough discussion with your doctor is best.