Amnesia

According to healthline.com, there are four types of amnesia. The most common one is where the majority of the population remembers nothing of our early years of life before the age of three. Let’s face it, we don’t want to remember wearing wet bottoms for an undisclosed amount of time. This type of amnesia is called infantile amnesia.  There is also a form of amnesia that is poorly understood, and for this reason, I will not discuss it here. I do not want to pass around information that may not be accurate. It is called transient global amnesia. That leaves us with two other types of amnesia. They are called anterograde amnesia and retrograde amnesia.

Mayo Clinic explains these types of amnesia as: 

  • Difficulty learning new information following the onset of amnesia (anterograde amnesia)
  • Difficulty remembering past events and previously familiar information (retrograde amnesia)

It is common for people who suffer a brain injury to have a form of amnesia. The severity and the length of time it lasts varies and is dependent upon the injury. Each case is different. 

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Here's my reality

I was diagnosed with Amnesia a year or so after a car accident. My amnesia prevented me from knowing who my children were, were I lived, or who I was.

I had to relearn everything, including math and vocabulary. This was not easy. I had difficulty relearning what I used to know. This meant that it took about a year for me to figure out that I needed to go to a doctor.

Nobody knew, so I had no support. Why did nobody know? Because I did not know enough to tell them. Even if I did, I did not know who my family members were. I did not know their names, where they lived, or their phone numbers.

Not all of my memories have returned. But I live to tell my story and to bring an awareness that not all disabilities are visible.

For more information about amnesia, please visit:

The Human Memory

The Mayo Clinic

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