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Memory loss (amnesia)


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To find out why you have memory loss, a GP may ask questions with help from someone you know or refer you to a memory specialist for tests and scans.

Memory loss can happen naturally as you get older. It can also be caused by stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression or something serious like dementia.

Most people forget things from time to time. See a GP if you keep having problems with your memory, it could be caused by something treatable.

Page last reviewed: 09/10/2023
Next review due: 09/10/2026