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Is there a way to make yourself have amnesia and forget something bad?

Is there a way to make yourself have amnesia and forget something bad?

Rather, neutralize..: Rather than forget, the usual goal of the healing process is to neutralize the emotional effect of that bad experience/memory & become emotionally at ease when the memory/thought comes to mind. On this, plenty of research & writings are out there. Usually we try bringing things into the conscious realm rather than the other way around... So that we deliberately make peace with what happened. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys?" or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child?" There also can be catastrophic memory loss such ...Read more


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My friend is forgetting things really bad. Could this memory loss be serious?

My friend is forgetting things really bad. Could this memory loss be serious?

Memory loss can be: caused by a variety of physical and psychological reasons. After your friend gets checked out by her doctor, a clinical psychologist can be helpful. Depression or anxiety may be part of the picture. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Since two years I have amnesia and forget every thing soon, even i forgot my some classmates names so what to do and what is the solution?

Since two years I have amnesia and forget every thing soon, even i forgot my some classmates names so what to do and what is the solution?

Memory: Ask your primary care doctor for a referral to a neurologist who can do a comphrensive workup to clarify what the problem is and what to do for treatment. Sorry to hear you are experiencing this dilemma. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When someone gets amnesia, how can they forget who they are but still remember words?

When someone gets amnesia, how can they forget who they are but still remember words?

It's complicated...: Amnesia can be caused by physiological or psychological means. From the physical basis it can be from a focal or widespread source. Temporary (delirium) or permanent (dementia). It can impact immediate, recent, or remote memories. They are stored differently. From psychological--trauma can lead to repression or dissociation. It's complicated. ...Read more

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I tend to forget stuff like things to bring, my agenda for the day, etc. Is it amnesia or short term memory loss?

I tend to forget stuff like things to bring, my agenda for the day, etc. Is it amnesia or short term memory loss?

Depends: 1. Are you forgetful for other things as well or is it for smaller stuff?
2. For the time being may be helpful to write down to do list.
3. Is the memory loss etc worse at a particular time of day etc.
4.Also are you taking any medication?
5. Might help to check with pcp. ...Read more

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If someone with amnesia got Alzheimer's, would they forget that they could not remember anything?

If someone with amnesia got Alzheimer's, would they forget that they could not remember anything?

To be or not to be: Serious. to be - it might vary case by case Alzheimer's - even rapid - grows. So, to begin the changes might be seamless. Not to be - I can't remember. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is is possible to have memory loss and only forget the people who you didn't see recently?

Yes: There is memory loss which is laying down new memories.
It is not limited to people but all recent experiences. There are also many other types of memory loss. ...Read more

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What could be wrong if you are having memory loss even to the point you forget your age and i'm only 33?

As above : I agree with other doctor , see a. Psychiatrist or neurologist for evaluation and work up. ...Read more

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Having short term memory loss really bad?

Unclear: Short-term memory loss at age 45 is unusual. Sometimes depression can cause this symptom. Also, medical conditions such as hypothyroidism and B12 deficiency. See if you have any other symptoms, and check yourself for those conditions. In an otherwise completely healthy adult without symptoms, short-term memory loss needs to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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What should I do if i'm suffering from really bad memory loss?

What should I do if i'm suffering from really bad memory loss?

Get an evaluation: If you haven't been evaluated yet by your doctor, that might be a good place to start. There are so many reasons for memory problems. Your doctor can evaluate what's going on and take it from there. Often memory problems can be improved, but it helps to be evaluated by a professional. Keep in mind that nobody's memory is perfect. It helps to have a system of keeping notes that you check often. ...Read more

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At age 30, is it normal to have bad short term memory loss? What could this mean?

At age 30, is it normal to have bad short term memory loss? What could this mean?

Not normal: You should see your pcp about this complaint. There are many causes of short term memory problems in young patients. The most common is depression, anxiety disorder, or substance abuse but there are many other (organic) causes also, including vision change, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, etc. As you can see, this is a very broad topic and needs full discuss with a md. ...Read more

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I have very bad dyslexia and have lots of upcoming exams, unfortunately I have the memory-loss side of it, help? :)

I have very bad dyslexia and have lots of upcoming exams, unfortunately I have the memory-loss side of it, help? :)

Disabilities act: In the usa, you would be entitled to extra time and a special testing area by virtue of your handicap. You may also be entitled to special treatment to help overcome your handicap. Please get with your school and see what special rights you have. ...Read more

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I've been having problems concentrating for years now and also been having problems with memory loss. Lately it has gotten pretty bad. What should I d?

Talk with doctor: If a condition seems to be worsening then you should talk with your doctor. Ask about different factors that can cause memory loss such as medications as well. ...Read more

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Can temazpam cause bad dreams and memory loss?

Yes to both: If that is happening, talk to you doctor about alternatives that are natural, or see a sleep disorders psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy of insomnia.Also make sure the memory loss is not coming from something else. If you have ptsd causing nightmares, that should also be addressed. ...Read more

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Bad memory loss from anesthesia, what do you recommend?

Bad memory loss from anesthesia, what do you recommend?

Not easy answer: The memory issues after anesthesia and surgery have been the focus of many studies. It is unclear if anesthesia by itself or if surgery and anesthesia or if surgery by itself is what causes postoperative cognitive dusfunction. There is no know treatment and there is no known proven way to prevent pocd except by not having surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can a blind person with memory loss forget that they are blind?

Sure : This is an interesting hypothetical question. I guess this is true. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could really bad headaches cause temporary memory loss?

Underlying condition: There is probably no causal relationship but it is important to ensure that they are not both part of the same underlying condition. For example migraines can - if affecting certain intracranial vessels - cause memory loss along with the headaches. There are some other less likely conditions e.g. A tumor that could explain this but a more detailed examination by your doctor will clear things up. ...Read more

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When is memory loss somethin tht needs to b check out? Im 19 but I forget things often tht I feel confused and get into fights about being unreliable

When is memory loss somethin tht needs to b check out? Im 19 but I forget things  often tht I feel confused and get into fights about being unreliable

Rather distracted: Better get counseling on how to organize your time and your life, you can start with a clinical psychologist, good luck ...Read more

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I have been having memory loss forgetting urgent dates and events, I suddenly am having issues balancing the check book or solving any problems that come about, I got lost driving a road that I used to drive daily so I stopped driving and have since?

I have been having memory loss forgetting urgent dates and events, I suddenly am having issues balancing the check book or solving any problems that come about, I got lost driving a road that I used to drive daily so I stopped driving and have since?

Start by seeing: your doctor. Testing by a neuropsychologist will provide specific areas where you may have challenges and strategies to deal w/them. Peace and good health. There are lots of possibilities as to the cause and prognosis will vary depending on that. ...Read more

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I had Sarco in 03 with O2 of 75%. Been feeling bad for at least 2 weeks. In 06 I now have memory loss and tremors. Could this be a result?

I had Sarco in 03 with O2 of 75%.  Been feeling bad for at least 2 weeks. In 06 I now have memory loss and tremors.  Could this be a result?

Good, tough question: (Presumption "sarco" = sarcoid.)
I'm not sarcoid expert. I'll offer a couple of thoughts that others can amplify.

Do you have evidence of active disease now (blood tests, chest x-ray, other)?

Overall, relationship sounds improbable to me (i.e. I doubt new symptoms related to old illness). ...Read more

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I cannot stand or sit for very long without feeling like I have a bad hangover - but I don't drink. I also get sudden headaches and memory loss. ?

Please see your: primary care physician. Don't know your age but this will likely lead to neurological consult. Take care. ...Read more

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What could it mean if I have severe headaches a lot & really bad short term memory loss? I do something and 5 minutes later i don't remember that i it

Headaches memory: I would have an evaluation by neurologist. Could be migraines, but also aura from seizures which then could cause memory problems. ...Read more

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I have a cold & have just experienced a popping in both ears. Like my head is under water. I'm also having very bad memory loss half way through talki?

Get checked now.: The loss of memory is NOT typical of a cold. It is also worrying. Stop any over the counter medications you are taking and do not drink alcohol or use any recreational drugs. Do not drive if you have sudden memory loss. Go to the ED now to be sure something is not seriously wrong with your brain. ...Read more

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Can temazepam cause bad dreams and memory loss?

Can temazepam cause bad dreams and memory loss?

Temazepam: In some, yes it can, if prolonged use. ...Read more

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How can I induce memory loss to get rid of bad memories?

Psychologist: Perhaps therapy by a trained psychiatrist or psychologist can help you deal with the bad memories you have instead of getting rid of them. It's difficult to suppress memories but in learning to deal with them in healthy ways will allow you to benefit you greatly. ...Read more

Dr. William Herrera
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Memory Problems (Definition)

Impaired memory is a clinical finding in which a person has abnormal difficulty recalling knowledge that was ...Read more


Dr. Paul Gilson
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Amnesia (Definition)

Amnesia is forgetfulness, which can be ...Read more