Thursday, 23 August 2012

IS IT AMNESIA OR ALZHEIMER'S?

Read on if you could possibly spare a precious second to take a break and reason or worry about your memory or someone else's.

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.

Memory loss can have many and significant effects, consequences and horrifying causes on a persons life and functional abilities, such a colossal change stresses the magnitude of early diagnoses of whatever could onset the life threatening of a personality.


The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.

Always remember dementia is generally used to describe a group of symptoms, including a decline in judgement and understanding, memory loss, confusion and mood changes.

Basically, Alzheimer's is a disease that causes dementia, by far the common cause of dementia, other diseases include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies,Frontotemporal dementia and many more.

There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art or great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship. Therefore, being human is keeping the memory functional.

What happens in dementia is that brain cells stop functioning properly, this affects how a person thinks, remembers and communicates.

As memory may be a paradise from which we can not be driven, It may also be a Hell from which we can not escape

Amnesia is best defined as a failure to retrieve information or to place information in an appropriate context. Amnesia rarely erases memory of all past events. No one suffering from amnesia actually goes through the rest of his or her life without an identity or any knowledge of the past. Memory loss is usually temporary and only involves a short time span of the person’s life.

Types of Amnesia

Anterograde amnesia

Inability to remember ongoing events after the incidence of trauma or the onset of the disease that caused the amnesia. Anterograde amnesia often occurs following an acute event such as a trauma, a heart attack, oxygen deprivation, or an epileptic attack.

Retrograde amnesia:

Inability to remember events that occurred before the incidence of trauma or the onset of the disease that caused the amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is often associated with neurodegenerative pathologies such as senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Emotional/hysterical amnesia (fugue amnesia):

Memory loss caused by psychological trauma such as a car crash or sexual abuse. Usually it’s a temporary condition.

Lacunar amnesia:

Inability to remember a specific event.

Korsakoff syndrome: Memory loss caused by chronic alcoholism.

Posthypnotic amnesia:

Memory loss sustained from hypnosis. Can include inability to recall events that occurred during hypnosis or information stored in long term memory.

Transient global amnesia:

Spontaneous memory loss that can last from minutes to several hours and is usually seen in middle aged to elderly people.

Clearly many of us forget things every day, like why we come to where we are and significantly most of the times we forget names, somehow this does not constitutes a sign of dementia.
Things and symptoms to watch out for are;

Disorientation

Problems of everyday tasks

Personality changes

Communication difficulties

Memory moderates prosperity, decreases adversity, controls youth and delights old age.