Amnesia, Symptoms, and treatment

Amnesia, Symptoms, and treatment

Amnesia is a form of the psychological-neurological disorder where a person is rendered incapable of forming new memories or remembering the old ones. It is not about forgetting a few things in our daily routine, Amnesia is about forgetting about major life events, life details, places or facts that are prominent in one’s life. Due to the inability to recollect the past information, one is often left incapable of building up new memories or imagining their future – as the process of future imagination is related to the past information already stored in the brain.

People with Amnesia find it hard to remember their family members, the place they live, their career or even their house. There are varieties of brain complexes involved when one tries to recollect their memories. While the people with Amnesia are mostly lucid and have a sense of their self, their mental health suffers because of prolonged periods of memory loss.

Symptoms of Amnesia

Failing to recall someone’s name or certain things isn’t attributed to the condition, Amnesia symptoms include:

1.Confused or disoriented mind and behavior

2. Short term, partial or total memory loss

3. Failure to process or remember new information

4. Inability to recollect important life events, memories or people

5. Uncoordinated movements or neurological problems when stressing on memory

6. Confusion and agitation when talking about experiences

7. No lasting memories

Causes and Types 

There are different types of Amnesia known to occur for different reasons. Here are some of the types that are triggered by some of the other causes.

Anterograde Amnesia: Anterograde Amnesia is one where a person has difficulties remembering new events that are mostly stored in the short term memory of the brain. Things that have happened in the recent past are forgotten. This happens due to a severe blow in the head, some trauma attack or brain damage. One remembers the past data but not the current past i.e. one month, 6 months or a year.

Retrograde Amnesia: Much like the opposite of Anterograde Amnesia, here the person forgets everything that happened before the trauma and only remembers the events that occurred in the recent past. A person cannot remember anything that happened before the trauma.

Transient Global Amnesia: Temporary loss of all memory, past and present while having difficulties to process the new information that comes with time. This condition is a lot rare and often occurs with age.

Traumatic Amnesia: Due to a severe accident or blow in the head, the person experiences a complete loss of memory, consciousness or coma. It can last for days or sometimes even years, depending upon how severe the accident was.

Wernicke- Korsakoff’s psychosis: Habits like alcohol consumption or even malnutrition can cause people to have progressive memory loss. This condition builds up with time and even leads to disorientation between body movements and neurological problems.

Psychological Amnesia: If a person has experienced an emotional shock like violent crime, sexual abuse, terrorist act, shocking news, etc, they get dissociative and forgetful of certain movements. They may fail to recognize themselves, forget their childhood, blackout between moments and more.

Therapies and treatments

In most of the cases, amnesia gets recovered on its own. But if it has happened due to a severe shock or accident, Amnesia treatments become necessary.

Amnesia Therapists help patients through hypnosis and conversations to make them remember things from their past. The therapists teach the patients how to connect their present information with their past data to easily organize their information and remember them. Techniques and strategies to store the new information are applied to keep one’s memory updated.

Currently, there are no medicines that can help restore the memories lost due to amnesia. However, a well balanced nutritive diet, healthy habits, and active lifestyle are recommended for the best functioning of the brains.

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Take Away!

It is a psychological disorder that gets triggered by some shocking news or accident where a person forgets their past or recent memories. It can take days, months and years for a person to return to normal. While time is construed as the best medicine, therapies from psychologists and doctors do help in addressing the situation!

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108 thoughts on “Amnesia, Symptoms, and treatment

  1. I am suprised that there are different types of amnesia and different causes as welL. My initial thought about the cause of amnesia is accident. Now your post has given me a new perspective of amnesia,

  2. Ye bahut hi mushkil hota hai, maine personally to kisi ko nahi dekha bas suna hi hai,
    Chaliye inke kuch treatment to hain ,mere khyal se family support sabse jaruri hai

  3. Such an informative post about Amnesia and you had covered all aspect of Amnesia so well in the post. will help a lot to readers in understand this disease condition better, for sure. #Myfriendalexa #Surbhireads

  4. Somehow this frightening ailment has been made a mockery of through the medium of films. I cannot imagine how traumatizing the condition would be for the person and his loved ones. Thanks for shedding light on this condition. Happy Alexa blogging Ruchi!

  5. A well-researched article, Ruchi! I am of the opinion that everyone should know the common ailments and this article helps in understanding about amnesia in depth.

  6. A very well-researched article on Amnesia. People will surely benefit from this write-up.

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  7. A great post and a great topic. A lot of researh has been done about Alzheimer’s disease, where a person gradually lose his memory of everything. We do not have a drug that can restore memory. Best Alzheimer drug, most probably in experimental stage, only stops further loss of memory. It reminds me of the famous series on American agent Jason Bourne, who knows everything but not about himself. It is a terrible feeling.

  8. Very well explained & researched. Amnesia is indeed a scary disease. I wasn’t not aware of its forms . You are doing good work by spreading the awareness about the disease.

  9. A well-researched article. It is perhaps the most abused of disorders by series and movie writers. But is harrowing for both the patient and his/her loved ones.

  10. Hi Ruchi, its a very well articulated post. Never have i been more enlightened about the topic than now. The topic has been described very well, in a lucid manner, with no frills and/or jargon. The distinction among the different types is explained well, in a manner that every lay person would be able to understand. Frankly speaking, after reading your post, i feel much more confident to talk about the topic now 🙂

  11. Informative and to the point. Thanks for sharing these points. Sometimes we don’t fully understand this disease and become impatient with people for forgetting things- not understanding that they could have another reality.

  12. Thank you for this beautiful and informative article Ruchi. You have explained about Amnesia , its types and symptoms very well. Had heard of amnesia but did not know such details.

  13. Very knowledgeful post.. I knew about amnesia only as much told in the movie 50 first dates but that was like knowing the term.. Knowing it etter is good i guess so we can may be identify it from the early symptoms itself

  14. Thanks for the great introduction about amnesia. Very informative post!!

    I usually unable to understand the medical terms, but this is so simply descriptive that I immediately catch all the points;)

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