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Suffering amnesia after injury is possible

Amnesia can be a very difficult condition for its sufferers because while it often involves a subtle type of memory loss, it can sometimes be so debilitating that patients do not remember their own identities. Amnesia can be the result of many different injuries, such as brain damage or even a traumatic emotional event, like witnessing a fatal car crash.

What is amnesia?

Amnesia is a type of memory loss that can be quite broad. It may resolve over time, or it can be a progressive illness. It can also be treated in a number of ways, with medication and/or therapy.

There are several different types of amnesia that display diverse symptoms. Retrograde amnesia is the loss of memories that already occurred, e.g., forgetting things that happened 10 years ago.

Anterograde amnesia is the inability to form new memories from the time that the illness developed. This is often linked with some type of brain injury.

Transient global amnesia is a condition where the person experiences memory loss and confusion over a matter of hours, returning back to normal brain functioning after the attack.

How is amnesia caused?

Amnesia can develop with age,but is also associated with injuries like brain trauma. Its onset might be after a car accident, a bang on the head from a fall or another type of injury. Amnesia can also be caused by experiencing a traumatic emotional event.

If you or a loved one is suffering from amnesia due to a type of personal injury, it is likely possible to recoup damages from the individual or entity at-fault in the accident.

Source: Healthline, "Amnesia," accessed Nov. 10, 2017

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