Can memories I have lost through amnesia ever be recovered?

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Recovering memories lost in amnesia will depend on the cause of amnesia and the extent of the loss. With amnestic syndrome, the amnesia tends to be more permanent and treatment focuses on strengthening the brain's ability to form new memories. Some of the lost memories may never be retrieved. If you suffer from dissociative amnesia, a psychotherapist will work with you to restore the gaps in memory and help you deal with the initial trauma that triggered the amnesia. Sometimes memories that are recovered are faulty and cannot always be considered reliable.

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Amnesia

Amnesia refers to partial, but serious, loss of memory. For example, someone can't remember their mom's maiden name or what happened last Christmas, but may recall the joke their little brother told them a few seconds ago. Unlike ...

ke in the movies, real-life amnesia generally doesn't mean you lose your sense of identity. In fact, amnesiacs know who they are, but may have trouble learning new facts and forming new memories. Amnesia is believed to be caused by damage to areas of the brain where memories are processed and stored. Transient global amnesia is a short-term loss of memory. Amnesic syndrome is long-term memory loss and can be permanent. While there's no specific treatment, techniques for enhancing memory and psychological support can help amnesiacs and their families cope.
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