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What is emotional or hysterical amnesia ?

i need help with emotional/hysterical amnesia . i need to know like if you actually suffer brain damage , how doctors tell if you have it, how long it usually lasts and if you forget all of your past or just some, and how paitents usually act when they have it. i also need to know exzactly what you forget.
Asked On : Wed, 29 Jun 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thanks for query,
if this problem is due to some brain damage,by physical and other examination doctor can find out.
Apart from exam.he will have reports of ct scan,x-ray etc.
In your inquiry hyseria and amnesia remains for long time as long as presence of some body.on examination doctor can find out that it is hysterical or not.
on examination doctor can find that no symptoms are fitted with any brain problem.
Of course before stamping hysterical all investigations should be done.
ok and bye.
Answered: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
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Psychiatrist Dr. Keerthish Shetty's  Response
It is not an easy concept for a non medico to understand. Amnesia due to brain damage will be associated with other features of head injury. Also, the pattern of amnesia will be consistent with what is expected. In case of psychogenic amnesia, a stressor is usually present and amnesia does not follow any set pattern.
For example: In case of psychogenic amnesia, he/she may deny knowing his/her name, but still be able to remember a lot of other more complex things. Another example is circumscribed amnesia where patient does not remember only particular events (usually stressful ones), but they can recall everything else.
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