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why is it that every time i ask what it feels like to have amnesia i always get bullllll shiiiiiit answers like "i dont remember" even when i ask for serious answers i still get i dont remember.... so i looked it up online and EVERYONE is saying "ohh i think i remember"

that line isnt that funny when you ask that question
you know? amnesia. like you forge stuff so people think its funny to say i dont remember...nevermind you dont get it:P

The f_ck did you just try to say? That doesn't even make sense.  (+ info)


Ok my mother went into coma about a month ago from Respiratory distress and she has days were she cant remember anything is that could she have amnesia??? im really worried she is only 43 could she still have amnesia
She is at home but she cant even remember her birthday!

This is a normal thing that happens to people who slip into comas. I don't think she will regain all of her memory. My friend couldn't remember anything from age 8 and below, others can't remember 3 things that they have to get at the store. It's a case by case thing.  (+ info)

Is it possible to have a heart and/or lung transplant while having amnesia?

I need to know if it is possible or not. I'm working on a project for school. The kind of amnesia is the retrograde amnesia, which cause people to forget things before a bad event happens.

depends how old is the patience and who has power of attorunty  (+ info)

How can I cope with a close friend that has amnesia?

We were insanely attached at one point.
2 days ago he was in a car wreck. He has amnesia now.
It's breaking my heart.
How can I better this situation?

Most cases of amnesia are transient.
Have patience. Be kind. It`s not just about your loss- but about his recovery.  (+ info)

What does it feel like to get your memory back after amnesia?

I know that some people may suffer from amnesia due to a hard hit on the head or maybe traumatic events etc and lose their memory.

But what does it feel like when you get your memory back? Does it all come back at once or does it come back in pieces. Is it an emotional experience once you remember everything?

Thanks for any contributions!

I've never had amnesia. So I don't know what it's like to actually get your memories back. But I'll tell you what I believe it's like.

You have forgotten everything or maybe just some things, so you continue to live your life again. With these missing pieces, you're just starting to get your life back on track, when something from your past triggers a memory. You might be walking down a street, and then you'll like get this "vision" in your head of a memory. You'll be confused at what it was, but then you'll realise that you just got back a memory of something that happened down or near that said street.

It's confusing if you forget people, and then all of a sudden, you remember who they are. It's scary, and as you said it would be very emotional. Because you could get a memory back, but be missing some of the pieces, or forget something that happened prior to that certain memory.

I'm sorry, I can't help you exactly, because as I said I have never had amnesia. This is just from my knowledge.  (+ info)

Whats the effect of Benzodiazepines on Dopamine etc, is sedation and amnesia just start up symptoms?

How do benzos like Ativan Xanax et al effect Dopamine and other neurotransmitters? Also is sedation and amnesia just start up symptoms?
I am starting on Ativan 0.5 mg 3 times blog with 15 mg Lexapro taper.

This question is very involved and technical. I suggest you do a Yahoo! web search on Ativan, Xanax and Benzodiazapines in general to find out the details of their method of action. Wikipedia has good summaries and has details of their chemistry, method of action and side effects.

Good luck!  (+ info)

Is there a safe and definitive way to give yourself permanent retrograde amnesia?

Does anyone (particularly doctors) know of a safe and surefire way to give yourself permanent retrograde amnesia? I am assuming this would only be possible with pharmaceuticals, as a hit on the head is not at all safe.


Uh, no. But don't most guys have this condition, naturally, anyway?

:)  (+ info)

is it possible to get a type of amnesia that makes you forget EVERYTHING?

by everything, i mean not just who you are and the people you know or the life you lead, but also what winking or hugging means, why people do things a certain way in society and things like that.

i know that memory of motor-skills, memory of past actions/people, memory of how to read or write or count, or of certain languages are all stored in different parts of the brain. but lets suppose certain areas that store the social norms AND the parts that store personal life experiences are compromised in some way, would that type of amnesia be possible?

Possible, yes. Likely, NO. Usually caused by brain damage or disease in the verified cases that it has happened (or lobectomy). For the people that 'claim' to have total amnesia, everyone is skeptical.  (+ info)

What type of doctor would be specialized in treating amnesia?

I'd just like to know what type of doctor would be specialized in treating patients with amnesia. I'd also like to know how many years of seconday schooling they'd have to go through in order to get to that level.
Much thanks,

Lex- Normally, amnesia is evaluated and "treated" by a psychiatrist. After secondary school, there is 4 years of undergraduate college to obtain a baccalaureate (or bachelor's degree). Four more year of medical school follow for the doctorate (MD). Finally there are 3 years of resident training in psychiatry following by national board certification exams to be considered a board-certified specialist. It's a long haul, but a great career.  (+ info)

Will a person with amnesia remember having it once they regain their memory?

I'm currently writing a novel in which the protagonist has amnesia.

Now I realize I don't know quite how amnesia works. LOL! Let's say a person suffers from amnesia for one month. When they do eventually regain their memory, will they remember the month they spent as an amnesiac?


Everything I've ever heard indicates that they retain their memories that start after they have amnesia. Their old memories just come back (gradually or suddenly) and exist alongside their current ones.  (+ info)

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