Memory Problem Treatments
Dr. Diane®‘s Treatments for Memory Problems
You are a unique person. How Memory Problems affect your brain is as unique as you are. Are you a hearty person, reactive, or sensitive? What type of childhood did you have? Your life history determines what Memory Problem Treatment is best for you. How often have you been prescribe medications that had many side effects, only because the person prescribing the medication or treatment did NOT take into account your reaction to it? Dr. Diane® and her team of Brain Health Experts work as a unified team, which strongly believes that regardless of the presenting problem or situation, you as a person should be seen from the five distinct views that make up our approach: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and energy. Often these areas intertwine and each needs to be addressed, yet Dr. Diane® looks for the core issue. Then, your individual Memory Problem Treatment program is developed based on conventional, complimentary, and alternative methods. These methods are often modified and customized to meet your specific needs as you progress in regaining your life.
Insurance Coverage by Approach
Conventional, Complimentary, and Alternative. This is not to suggest that one type of treatment is better than the others, instead it depends on what will be covered by your health insurance.
What you eat affects your ability to store and retrieve information. It is extremely important to have an anti-inflammatory diet that allows the brain to heal, which can be done by eliminating refined sugar, corn syrup, and any grains that can be fermented or distilled. An increase of Omega 3 from wild sockeye salmon and tuna is beneficial, and spinach and other vegetables rich in antioxidants help to improve your memory. Coconut, olive oil, and avocado are god sources of fats that help the brain heal and enhance your storage and retrieval capabilities. Drinking water also helps the brain, and it is imperative that you get restorative sleep. Working with a Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) can help you learn new methods of storing and retrieving information. Amy Karas, who is on our team of Brain Health Experts, specializes in brain injury and is trained in remediating cognitive and memory issues. Impaired short-term memory function may respond to treatment with certain medications, including Methylphenidate (Ritalin), a stimulant that can be helpful for attention disorders, and Amantadine (Symmetrel), a drug that affects the action of brain chemicals and is sometimes used to treat Parkinson’s disease. These medications have side effects, but if they are effective, the benefits may outweigh the disadvantages.
Rehabilitation centers often offer programs to help you manage persistent memory problems. One approach is to help you reacquire or improve lost skills through training or tutoring. Another approach is compensatory intervention, which teaches you to work around your deficits by learning alternative ways to accomplish specific tasks or behaviors. You are taught how to use your present skills and your innate learning style to recall information. Internal cues such as sensations and thoughts, as well as external cues like color or sound, may be used.
Long-term memory loss may be helped with Hypnosis, which can be effective at retrieving past memories. Dr. Diane® is published in the field of Hypnosis. Neurofeedback can help the brain to become regulated again and form new neural connections needed for storage and retrieval. Both Dr. Diane® and Paul Soper, who is on our Brain Health Team, can provide Neurofeedback for your Memory Problems. There are several computer programs and websites devoted to improving your memory, such as Brain Train, EyeQ, and Luminosity. Prevagen, a brain health supplement, has been shown to improve memory and sleep problems by binding to calcium cells and reducing damage done by the body’s diminished production of calcium-binding proteins. The active ingredient responsible for this work is Apoaequorin, a protein found in jellyfish. The regular version of Prevagen can be purchased at a health food store, while a professional, more potent version is sold through medical practices. As always, it is extremely important to consult with your neurologist before using any over-the-counter medication.
Many advertisements state that certain herbs or homeopathic remedies can increase your memory. These over-the-counter products may help, but it is always best to work with a knowledgeable practitioner rather than attempting to self-medicate. Even natural remedies can have serious side effects if not used properly. Depending on your specific needs, a knowledgeable Herbalist may recommend a product such as ginkgo biloba, ginseng, super blue-green algae, black cohosh, or suan zao ren for memory improvement. Homeopathic remedies that may be recommended for people with Post Concussive memory difficulties include Carbo vegetabilis, Silicea terra, and Hyoscyamus niger. If your physician is unable to help you with herbs and/or Homeopathics, or to provide a referral to a practitioner who can, the Herb Research Foundation and/or the National Center for Homeopathy can help you locate an appropriate practitioner in your area. Susan Keefe, who is on our Brain Health Team of Experts, is a Homeopathic Practitioner.
Some people have found that taking certain nutritional supplements, such as 50 milligrams of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and 100 milligrams of coenzyme Q10 daily, have helped to restore memory. It is important to be aware, however, that excessive amounts of vitamin B6 can damage the nervous system. As with any substance, it is crucial to first confer with your physician to determine what dosage, if any, is best for you.