Depression & Memory Loss

  Is there a “test” to see if I have a problem?

There are all kinds of tests and screening tools that check on your cognitive abilities. When you suspect a serious problem, the first step is to look at your overall health and see if there is any related medical condition that may be affecting your thinking. Different medical conditions can affect brain functioning. More serious cognitive problems can be a sign of a condition known as delirium, a usually reversible state that often is seen is hospitalized older people. In delirium, which can last for several weeks, any sort of disturbance that affects metabolism can result in some very acute and visible cognitive signs.

Less pronounced cognitive problems could also be present in other, less serious medical conditions. Cognitive issues can result from trouble with hearing, vision, fatigue and even taking the wrong medicines. Checking all these issues out should always be part of any
evaluation regarding cognitive health.

Once you take care of whatever physical ailment is bothering you, chances are that your mind will clear up and you’ll find that your thinking is returning to normal.
Besides physical problems, emotional issues can also affect thinking. One common behavioral condition that accounts for cognitive problems is depression, which many experts have found is linked to memory loss and other cognitive problems. When you’re depressed, you can’t concentrate as well as you’d like, your energy level is low and you can feel apathetic and lonely. If you think that you may be depressed, it may be helpful to take find out by completing a depression test.