Dissociative amnesia is a condition in which a person cannot remember important information about his or her life. This forgetting may be limited to certain specific areas (thematic), or may include much of the persons life history and/or identity (general).
What type of memory does amnesia affect?
Amnesia affects both declarative and non-declarative memories of a person. Management of amnesia includes cognitive and occupational therapies, medical intervention, and the use of some digital devices to improve the quality of life.
Who does dissociative amnesia affect?
Dissociative amnesia is a relatively rare condition that impacts about 2.6 percent of women and 1 percent of men in America. There is a greater chance of experiencing dissociative amnesia when other factors have occurred, such as abuse, torture or experiencing a natural disaster.
Is TGA a stroke?
Although neurologists generally view TGA as a benign entity, its exact prognosis remains unclear. Although many studies have supported the benign nature of TGA,6,8–17 others have suggested that TGA may be a vascular prelude18 that confers the same risk of stroke as transient ischemic attack (TIA).
How do people act when they have amnesia?
Some people with amnesia have difficulty forming new memories. Others cant recall facts or past experiences. People with amnesia usually retain knowledge of their own identity, as well as motor skills. Mild memory loss is a normal part of aging.
Can you regain memory after amnesia?
When continuous memory returns, the person can usually function normally. Retrograde amnesia sufferers may partially regain memory later, but memories are never regained with anterograde amnesia because they were not encoded properly.
Can you fake having amnesia?
Malingering amnesia is a phenomenon in which patients simulate or exaggerate their symptoms of memory loss. Faking amnesia has been linked to increased brain activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, and increased pupil dilation.