You've probably seen the startling memory loss of amnesia portrayed on television. A mysterious stranger shows up with no memories of his past, his identity or even his name. The diagnosis is clear: amnesia! Just one more bonk on the head and it will come back to him soon...
In actuality, amnesia is unlikely to appear (let alone disapper) like on T.V., but may share some of its symptoms. Read on to learn about the various types of amnesia and its real-life treatments.
the loss of long-term memory, or the loss of the ability to form new long-term memories or memorize things. People suffering from Anterograde Amnesia may find themselves unable to remember facts or people's names just a few minutes after hearing them because the memories do not successfully transfer from their conscious short-term memory into permanent long-term memory.
Focuses on techniques and strategies to help make up for the memory problem. A person with amnesia may work with an occupational therapist to learn new information to replace what was lost, or to use intact memories as a basis for taking in new information.
Memory training may also include a variety of strategies for organizing information so that it's easier to remember and for improving understanding of extended conversation.