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can extreme stress or depression cause permanent memory loss?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
35 years experience Psychiatry
Memory is a very: Tricky thing. The simple answer is no. But something called pseudo dementia can happen in older patients who become very depressed. We now feel this is a sign of dementia to come. And, in other psychiatric disorders, patients frequently do not remember acute symptoms, or disordered behaviors. So, memory is a tricky thing.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016

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