Thursday, March 12, 2015

Amnesia - Treatment

Many forms of amnesia fix themselves without being treated.

However, there are a few ways to cope with memory loss if that is not the case. 

One of these ways is cognitive or occupational therapy. 

In therapy, amnesiacs will develop the memory skills they have and try to regain some they have lost by finding which techniques help retrieve memories or create new retrieval paths.

This may also include strategies for organizing information to remember it more easily and for improving understanding of lengthy conversation.

Another coping mechanism is taking advantage of technological assistance, such as a personal digital device to keep track of day-to-day tasks. 

Reminders can be set up for appointments, when to take medications, birthdays and other important events. 

Many pictures can also be stored to help amnesiacs remember names of friends, family and co-workers.

Notebooks, wall calendars, pill reminders and photographs of people and places are low-tech memory aids that can help as well.

While there are no medications available to treat amnesia, underlying medical conditions can be treated to improve memory.

Such conditions include but are not limited to low thyroid function, liver or kidney disease, stroke, depression, bipolar disorder and blood clots in the brain.

Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome involves a lack of thiamin and replacing this vitamin by consuming thiamin-rich foods such as whole-grain cereals, legumes (beans and lentils), nuts, lean pork, and yeast.

Treating alcoholism and preventing alcohol and illicit drug use can prevent further damage, but in most cases will not recover lost memory.

Although improvements occur when patients receive certain treatments, there is still no actual cure remedy for amnesia so far. 

To what extent the patient recovers and how long the amnesia will continue depends on the type and severity of the lesion