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Causes Of Hysterical Amnesia
Short term, yes.: Amnesia is usually a desirable component of anesthesia, and short term (less than 24 hours) amnesia with cognitive dysfunction (abnormal thinking) is common after general anesthesia. However, uncomplicated anesthesia and surgery does not cause long term amnesia. In other words, if you do not have any complications during anesthesia or surgery, there should be no long term amnesia. Dr. Mike. ...Read more
Many causes: Causes can include everything from metabolic disorders (low thiamine leading to korsakoff's syndrome) to strokes in certain parts of the brain, to neurodegenerative disorders such as alzheimer's disease, to seizures among other causes. Psychological issues are also sometimes a factor if we don't want to remember something. To diagnose, need a complete neurological exam & sometimes tests. ...Read more
IIllicit Drugs?: Did you check for that? Drugs are common in that age range... ...Read more
What could cause momentary (30sec) amnesia where you forget who and where you are, how you got there, etc? No similar episodes, no warning signs.
No: Not unless it causes you to become unconscious, or you mix it with other drugs - alcohol, benzodiazepines and other sedatives in particular. These other drugs have profound effects on memory, but opioids do not, unless you are flirting with the kinds of doses that lead to falling asleep on them, or overdose. ...Read more
Versed: You want to know what medication your doctor of anesthesia will give you before surgery to help forget the surgery. Most likely the drug will be versed or midazolam. It has a rapid onset and can be repeated. Most patients then describe a memory lapse of the procedure itself. Make sure a family member accompanies you so you can get home, you can't drive yourself, and to remember the instruction. ...Read more
See psychologist: Your comment suggests that you need to forget do thing. Mdont bet on a surgicallmso. Ution. ...Read more
If you would like: To forget somethings from the past you are better off seeing a mental health professional to help you process and put things behind you in a healthy way. The surgery you mention is not feasible and would only be an avoidance of psychological growth. What would happen next time you want to forget? Peace and good health. Sorry something has been so painful for you and I respect that. ...Read more
Yes: Excessive stress will increase your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone. High levels of cortisol over an extended period of time can damage areas of your brain that are needed for the storage of memories. Try to reduce all the different stressors in your life. Proper diet, proper sleep-wake cycles, proper exercise are needed. Learn some stress reduction techniques like meditation or yoga. ...Read more
Yes but not for long: Amnesia is often an intentional effect desired by an anesthesiologist for a more pleasant patient experience. With shorter acting medicines, and quicker hospital discharges, the amnesic effect often continues after leaving the hospital. That said, the patient is told to stay home and rest. After a few hours, the amnesic effect, and other anesthesia effects should taper off. ...Read more
Patient H.M.: H.M., or Henry Molaison, is one of the most famous cases in medical history. He had both of his mesial temporal lobes removed in an attempt to cure his epilepsy. Unfortunately, it caused a profound amnesia. Read about him and you'll understand why no surgeon will ever remove both mesial temporal lobes from a human again. ...Read more
Can taking zolpidem after consuming a large quantity of alcohol cause aggressive out of character behaviour and amnesia?
Not sure about: Anorexia but alcohol use can cause serious memory issues, even without overt alcoholism. Anorexia can cause multiple vitamin deficiencies, including thiamine, which is important in memory and cognitive function, which is worsened by alcohol. Alcohol in high doses, like in young adult bingeing, causes blackouts-which is an amnestic episode. Chronic alcoholism can cause dementia-Korsakoff's disease. ...Read more
Can zolpidem when consumed after a lot of alcohol cause aggressive abnormal behavior and amnesia?
It can cause DEATH: That mix is dangerous - when you say a lot of alcohol - it is very dangerous. Aggressive behavior and amnesia are seriously bad, but it might have caused death - perhaps to the foolish user and others. If it's you, be careful! If a friend, warn them to be careful. This is not a mix to fool with. ...Read more
Do barbiturates (I know they're rarely used) but when they are, do they cause amnesia at certain doses like benzos or other gaba drugs?
Depends: The easy answer: yes, more so than benzodiazepines. However, effects are dose related, and some tolerance can develop with ongoing use. ...Read more
140lb took Ativan (lorazepam) 5mg (single dose, 3days ago). It is prescribed only 0.5mg prn. Caused compete amnesia at time. BAD memory problems still. Reversible?
Ativan (lorazepam) Overdose: So you took 10 pills instead of 1 if I understand you correctly. Hopefully it is reversible. Time will tell. You certainly could have damaged yourself by causing yourself to stop breathing. This could have caused brain damage. I suggest you be evaluated by your doctor with complete honesty as to what all has happened in this episode and others, you need some help! ...Read more
Absolutely: Amnesia, whether it be anterograde or retrograde, is commonly associated with concussions. ...Read more
Which would be more likely to cause the amnesia side effect some sleep meds can cause, zolpidem or temazepam?
Could be both: Since both have anti-cholinergic effects, either could be the culprit but together, likely additive. If you are taking both, have a in-depth discussion with your doctor. ...Read more
Medical cause for someone in a dream-like extreme dissociative state but no loss of conscious, slowed brain, no sense of time, confabulations, amnesia?
Neurologic/Psycholog: It is necessary to determine the root of your symptoms. A visit to a neurologist is a good place to start. After that a clinical psychologist could be the correct professional. Brain malfunction or psychological trauma may be the cause (s). Peace and good health. ...Read more
I read studies that showed General anesthesia can causes amnesia and 35% increase risk of dementia. Is IV Sedation same like General Anesthesia.
See below: Do not think your statistics reflect real data. Did you find a blog from an online "expert"? IV sedation is not akin to general anesthesia and likely does not really represent any profound risk. Suggest you talk with your doctor regarding your concerns, ...Read more
Can one head injury/concussion where I apparently suffered amnesia as I have no recollection, cause CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopat)30 years later?
Subconcussive Injury: Have also been associated with CTE. There is ongoing research on finding markets. Continue doing positive things for your brain health. ...Read more
Location: It depends on the location of the tumor. If the tumor is close to memory centers then amnesia might happen, otherwise, if tumor is located in the motor center or sensory center of the brain then brain surgery might affect motion, sensation, speech etc based on the area affected. Always consult with neurosurgeon. ...Read more
Varies: Preference of the oral surgeon/anesthesiologist may dictate which med that is used, but a common one is midazolam. Ask oral surgeon/dentist about options ...Read more
Do barbiturates (I know they're rarely used) cause amnesia in higher doses like for sedation or status epilepticus, like benzos or other gaba drugs?
Depends on dose:
Barbiturates can be used to sedate someone mildly but they can also be used to produce a very deep anesthetic where the person will not only be amnestic but will be very deeply unconscious as well. It is all a question of the dose administered.
To be more direct - yes, barbiturates can be used to produce amnesia. ...Read more
Can getting amnesia and going under for 10 minutes for an endoscopy repeatedly (4 times) cause brain damage or decreased cognitive function?
Yes, several ways: Diabetes can be a risk factor for memory issues. The brain needs glucose in order to function, and very low or very high levels can lead to chronic damage of vascular and nervous pathways. Low blood sugar can lead to unconsciousness and death, and often persons who have behavioral issues when their blood sugar is low have no memory for the events. Protect your brain and control your glucose. ...Read more
Many conditions: Many diseases and injuries cause short term memory loss. Head injury is one of the most common causes in young people, while dementia is one of the most common causes in older adults. Other causes include tumors, medication effects, nutritional deficiency, epilepsy, sleep deprivation, stroke, pseudodementia, and many others. A neuropsychological and neurological evaluation can identify the cause. ...Read more