Short-Term Memory Loss And Its Treacherous Causes


Short-Term memory loss takes place when a person can remember the incident which happened 20 years ago, but not able to recall the matter happened just 20 minute before. It usually effects after 40 years of life/middle age, when people forget their appointments or can’t find your car keys etc.

What Causes Short-Term Memory Loss?

There are number of reasons like alcohol, drugs, head injuries, infections, tumors, mental illness, injuries and other outside influences which may cause short-term memory loss.


Short-term memory loss can be the result of medications you are taking in your daily life. They can badly effect your memory can cause memory disorder called short-term memory loss.

  • Anti-Anxiety
  • Anti-Depressants
  • Pain Killers
  • Sleeping Pills
  • Diabetic Medicines
  • Cholesterol Regulating Medications


Medical conditions, heart bypass surgery, epilepsy, seizures, dementia also leads to short-term memory loss.

What is ‘dementia’?

Dementia the most general term used for the loss of mental abilities. In dementia a person can’t think, remember and recall. It declines all the mental abilities and considered to be the very first sign of short-term memory loss.

Depression, Anxiety, Stress

Depression, stress and anxiety has a great impact on brain activities, they greatly effects memory. The work stress, pressure, depression of different situations causes short-term memory loss. Anxiety is also involves in the malfunctioning of brain storages i-e sensory memory , short-term memory and long-term memory. Depression, stress and anxiety are the second most reason to this memory disorder.


Smokers loses their memory quicker than the non-smokers. Study concluded that a smoker can lose his one third of everyday memory. When psychologists did the experiment they compare the smokers to non-smokers and said to recall their whole day activities, non-smoker can tell their activities more quick than the people who smoke. Long-term smoking damages the cortex of brain which directly leads to memory loss.


Sleep Deprivation

Quantity and quality of sleep both matters a lot for a healthy well being. The lack of sleep directly leads toward restlessness and depression which may disturb the cognitive processes and leads to memory disorder.

Tests For Memory Loss

Doctors study throughout the history of a patient, that when he became a victim of memory disorder, what consequences leads him to short-term memory loss, aging factors and many other. Doctor refers the patient to psychiatrists so they can ask him random questions about life just to check his mental status and capabilities and can also recommend some blood tests.

How can we improve short-term memory?

Short-Term memory can be improved by some easy exercises of brain. When the brain keeps functioning and try to linked with complicated tricks then there are less chances of any kind of memory loss.

  • Try to keep your mind busy in solving puzzle and crosswords.
  • Take writing challenges to complete them in limited time.
  • Sort out jumble words.
  • Play games which requires re-arrangements.
  • Try to memorize the list of words in 30 seconds, and write down them by recalling method.

These are the best simple tricks to enhance your brain activities and can sharpen its functioning. And can reduce the chances of memory disorders.