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What are the symptoms of amnesia?


Residents of Newton who have suffered a head injury might not realize that they are at risk for a traumatic brain injury and its consequences. One of those potential consequences is amnesia. While the idea of amnesia might seem to be something out of a televised docudrama or even a comedy, it is in fact a real issue that those who have had a head injury might have to face. Knowing its symptoms can provide insight as to what to look for and give an idea of how to move forward in treating it.

There are two main issues that accompany amnesia. They are an impairment in learning new information or an impaired ability to recall events that happened in the past. The former is known as anterograde. The latter is retrograde. The majority of people who have amnesia will suffer from problems with their short-term memory and will not be able to retain new information. If something happened in the recent past, then it too will likely be lost. If there are deeper memories, these might be retained. It is possible for a person to remember long-held memories, but will not know about current events, the date or what they ate at their last meal.

Intelligence loss is not linked to amnesia. Nor does it affect their awareness, judgment, ability to pay attention, identity, personality or general knowledge. Those who have amnesia are generally able to understand spoken or written communications and retain other learned behaviors such as driving a car. There are other symptoms of amnesia including being confused, disoriented or having recollections that did not actually happen.

When a person suffers from a head injury, they might not have any obvious symptoms. Amnesia, however, can be a serious, long-term problem. Those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident may want to explore if they can pursue a legal filing.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Amnesia Symptoms," accessed on Sept. 1, 2015

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