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What is Amnesia?

Description of the disease

Amnesia is a memory disorder that can be temporary or permanent. The patient may lose memories of the past or current events. Depending on the severity, amnesia can affect a person's everyday life.


  • Retrograde amnesia
  • Anterograde amnesia
  • Dissociative amnesia


  • Loss of memory about the past
  • Inability to memorize new events
  • Vague memories


Head injury, stress, some brain diseases, alcohol, and drugs can be the cause of amnesia.


To diagnose amnesia, neuropsychological tests, neuroimaging methods, and magnetic resonance imaging are conducted.


Treatment of amnesia is aimed at eliminating the underlying disease and conducting rehabilitation measures to restore memory.


Avoiding head injuries, moderate alcohol consumption, and a healthy lifestyle help prevent amnesia.


A neurologist or psychiatrist is responsible for diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating patients with amnesia.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.