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Memory Loss

Memory Loss

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Memory loss refers to unusual forgetfulness and may be caused by:

  • Disease
  • Head injury
  • Severe emotional trauma
  • Sleep deprivation


Psychological factors that may contribute to memory loss include:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Post traumatic stress disorder


Veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may be at risk for memory loss. Veterans most at risk for TBI are those Veterans who have experienced a traumatic head injury with resultant loss of consciousness or change in memory or concentration.

You may be able to prevent or minimize memory loss by:

  • Wearing protective head gear
  • Being in good physical shape
  • Avoiding alcohol and tobacco
  • Maintaining healthy eating habits
  • Getting a good night's sleep
  • Doing mentally stimulating activities such as reading and writing


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