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Mitchell Pulleo

on 3 April 2013

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Transcript of Amnesia

Amnesia Amnesia is the inability to recall a certain past experience. There are two main types of amnesia and six sub-divisions. The one main type of amnesia is psychogenic. It consists of localized amnesia where you can't remember anything from a specific event. Selective amnesia which occurs when you can't remember a certain time period. Generalized amnesia which is when a person forgets their entire life. And continuous amnesia which occurs when a person doesn't remember anything beyond a certain time in the past. The second main type of amnesia is biogenic.
The two sub-divisions of biogenic are anterograde and retrograde. Anterograde is when you lose thoughts very quickly. Retrograde is when you lose recent memories first and then slowly begin to lose knowledge from the past. Retrograde amnesia is seen in people with dementia. Types of Amnesia Causes of amnesia Amnesia is often cause by damage to the neural pathways that control memory. Amnesia can also be caused by brain damage
such as trauma, stroke, alcohol or drug
consumption, or infection. It has also been seen
in people who have been experiencing an
overwhelming amount of stress. In some cases, people who have been abused or have had other emotional problems have had amnesia. They have amnesia because in your brain's attempt to get rid of those painful memories, your conscious mind will have those memories split from you. When does the knowledge come back? In some cases, the symptoms of amnesia will randomly disappear and the knowledge will slowly come back. Most of the time, the patients will be given medications and then asked questions in an attempt to retrieve lost memories. Every once in a while, hypnosis is used
to put patients in an open state and
again asked questions that may
overcome the amnesia. Depression and stress can occur because of amnesia and the medications and hypnosis can help with that too. In some severe amnesia's such as dementia, there is no effective treatment and it can not be cured. People recovering from amnesia are sometimes put into hospitals. They do this because stress can make the recovery process a lot longer and harder so the doctors try to put you into a relaxing a calm place. Amnesia is a very serious and life changing problem. Anybody with or someone who has had amnesia can say that it is a hard time and that it can be very difficult to recover. Although amnesia is terrible for the people who have experienced it, it is a disorder that has and will challenged doctors everyday to find a cure for it and end it forever. Amnesia may last for weeks, months, or even years depending on how bad it is and if it's to the point that the person forgets everything, they will basically start a new life.
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