According to Wikipedia, there are two types anterograde and retrograde amnesia, and many different sub types. Basically you either can’t make new memories, or you can’t remember a particular event or series of events.
Based on our theoretical brain model, every human is capable of making new memories at any time, so what is stopping some people?
For starters, what are the main causes of memory loss?
- Sleep Apnea
- Nutritional Deficiency
- Stress, Anxiety, Depression
Less Common Causes
- Head Trauma
- Substance abuse
Can we neatly tie all of these together? Yes. Each of these is either a cause or a symptom of brain entropy. Mental strain. If that sounds ridiculous to you, you have a lot of reading to do. I haven’t even written my posts about strokes and sleep apnea, but I’ll link them back when I finish them.
So if you are out of your ground state, your memory is worse. Not only your recall of past events but also your process of making new memories.
Think about it, in retrograde amnesia, the subject was in a very stressful situation for a period of time, but now their brain works fine. In anterograde amnesia, the same mental stress is currently acting on the subject preventing them from accumulating new memories. So the only question is: is the stress gone yet?
To those suffering memory loss, what did you have for breakfast yesterday? What did you do in the past five minutes? Hone in on the gaps in your memory and see if you can identify the stresses that are causing them at any given point.