Is amnesia a common condition?

Amnesia is not a common condition. Amnesia most often results from damage to the brain in the areas of memory. Transient global amnesia and Wernicke-Karsokoff syndrome are very rare, whereas amnesia from brain injury is a bit more common. If you suffer from conditions that make stroke, brain tumors, or respiratory problems more likely, you may be at higher risk of developing amnesia.

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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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