Memory Loss

Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy located in Chapel Hill, NC

Although some level of memory loss is normal with age, it can become so serious that it interferes with your ability to function normally. Memory loss can be part of another condition, and in other cases, it’s an independent issue with its own cause. At Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Sayanti Bhattacharya, MD, MS, and Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, offer psychotherapy for memory loss and medication management, and other effective treatments for memory loss. Book online or by phone now.

Memory Loss Q & A

What Kind of Testing Do I Need for Memory Loss?

When you're suffering from memory loss, it's important to find the root cause so effective treatment can begin. Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill offers online cognitive testing and interpretation for memory loss.

This is often the first step in your journey. It's important to work closely with your Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill psychiatrist during a personal consultation.

What Causes Memory Loss?

There are many possible causes of memory loss. Many older patients assume that memory loss is a result of aging, or that it's a sign of Alzheimer's or another dementia. Neither is true.

Your doctor at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill helps you differentiate between memory loss and other problems. Memory loss can be a short-term issue because it stems from something like a medication change, emotional issues, or a recent medical problem like a stroke.  

In other cases, memory loss really is related to aging, but it's not related to Alzheimer's or another kind of dementia. Dementia-related memory loss is irreversible, but your doctor can help you manage it in the best way possible.

How Does Medication Management for Memory Loss Work?

Medication management for memory loss patients can involve removing, adding, and changing current medications or dosages.

In a significant number of cases, the doctors discover that patients are taking unnecessary psychotropic medications. After seeing multiple doctors, surgeons, and other health providers during multiple hospital stays, many patients end up taking medications that don't necessarily work well with the rest of their medicine. Such medications can worsen the problem, or create a problem where none existed before. In those cases, discontinuing the medicine safely can resolve the issue.

Sometimes, medication management means trying something new, or adjusting doses. Every case is unique, and your doctor will find the best options for you. Memory loss also affects medication use, often causing patients to forget to take their drugs. This can make treatment challenging, so assistance from your support system is very helpful.

How Does Psychotherapy for Memory Loss Work?

In psychotherapy for memory loss, you and your doctor incorporate talk therapy. Your doctor helps you find the root cause of your memory problems and guides you towards new discoveries to help you overcome those issues.

Use the appointment tool or call Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill to schedule your memory loss consultation now.