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Retrogate Amnesia

Retrogate Amnesia

Retrograde amnesia (RA) is a loss of memory-access to events that happened or information that was learned and forgotten.  It affects your autobiographical memory, while keeping the procedural memory where you can learn without difficulty again.   It can be temporary or permanent based on the severity of its cause .  People with Retrogate Amnesia likely lose their memories closer to the traumatic incident than more remote memories.  The type of information that is forgotten can be very specific, like a single event .

Treatment

RA can affect people’s memories in different degrees and so there is no real treatment to all of this.   It will vary and you can’t measure what other things they might have forgotten as individuals.  It will always vary from person to person.  Sometimes with brain therapy you will be able to get some memory back in time.

When someone is suffering from RA, their memory cannot be recovered from simply being told personal experiences and their identity.  This is called  reminder treatment. The reminder effect consists of re-exposing the patient to past personal information, which cannot reverse RA.   Thus, reminding the patient details of their life has no scientific bearings on recovering memory. Fortunately, memory can be and usually is recovered due to spontaneous recovery and plasticity.

 

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