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What is deja vu?

What is deja vu?

Deja vu: Deja vu is the sense that something which is actually unfamiliar, is familiar -- or has been experienced before. Most people have had such experiences occasionally, but in more frequent occurrence it can be associated with temporal lobe epilepsy. In them, it can happen just before a seizure. But, this experience does not have to mean any abnormal condition at all. ...Read more

Deja Vu (Definition)

Déjà vu is a feeling that a current event or experience has been experienced previously. It is thought to be an aberration of memory in which the "time stamp" of an event becomes mis-assigned to make it seem as if the event occurred previously. Almost everyone has experienced rare déjà vu events. When frequent it is rarely associated ...Read more


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What causes deja vu?

What causes deja vu?

Déjà vu: French for 'already seen' is the sensation of having seen something/person/place before even though you know you haven't. Theories as to the cause abound [see following site for some: http://science.Howstuffworks.Com/science-vs-myth/extrasensory-perceptions/deja-vu.Htm] but no one knows for sure. ...Read more

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What is this deja vu feeling I'm having? When I get it I feel weak and hot, clammy, and my heart starts to beat fast until I sit or lay down.

Not sure but: Sounds like your nervous system is activated by something and these are symptoms of that. Have you ever heard of a pheochromocytoma before? Catecholamines? You should go see a good physician who will examine you and do an appropriate work-up. ...Read more

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How do you explain deja vu?

How do you explain deja vu?

Deja vu: Deja vu is the sense that something which is actually unfamiliar, is familiar -- or has been experienced before. Most people have had such experiences occasionally, but in more frequent occurrence it can be associated with temporal lob epilepsy. In them, it can happen just before a seizure. But, this experience does not have to mean any abnormal condition at all. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have deja vu?

Deja vu: For brief periods of time & in response to stressor, yes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: deja vu?

What is the definition or description of: deja vu?

"Already Seen": Déjà vu is a feeling that a current event or experience has been experienced previously. It is thought to be an aberration of memory in which the "time stamp" of an event becomes mis-assigned to make it seem as if the event occurred previously. Almost everyone has experienced rare déjà vu events. When frequent it is rarely associated with temporal lobe epilepsy. ...Read more

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Why do some people have deja vu ? And what does it really mean?

That depends on: Who you ask and how often it happens. In combination with other symptoms, it can indicate a type of seizure disorder (partial complex). ...Read more

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Why do I have these feelings of deja vu when meeting someone new?

Why do I have these feelings of deja vu when meeting someone new?

Double perception: When you're meeting someone new, you focus on them. But your subconscious is still perceiving the rest of the world. During your introduction at some point, your focus becomes less defined, and you begin to consciously perceive the rest of the world the way you normally would, but since there are memories of those perceptions recently laid down in your subconscious mind, they seem familiar. ...Read more

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It Seems when i get Anxious i feel Deja vu. This goes away when i'm tired How do i get the Deja vu to stop all the time?

It Seems when i get Anxious i feel Deja vu. This goes away when i'm tired How do i get the Deja vu to stop all the time?

Memory: Anxiety interferes with the retrieval of memories. One of the hypotheses about what causes deja vu is that we cannot recall a memory that initially familiarized us with something we are now seeing, i.e. having seen a photo of an art object and not remembering seeing the photo but getting a sense of deja vu when you see it in a museum. If you have very frequent sensations of deja vu you may be having seizures of the temporal lobe, not uncommon after head trauma for example. See your doctor if this is a persistent problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone who has lost their personal identity and past memories, to get overwhelming deja vu experiences?

Yes, it's possible: Depending on the cause of the memory loss, these could be dissociative flashbacks. That means the memories are still there somewhere but a defense mechanism called dissociation is keeping them from waking memory. If the problem is not physical, a psychologist who specializes in this would be helpful in assisting you in answering this and maybe regaining some of your identity. ...Read more

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With simple partial seziures is deja vu common? And how long does it last? Because mine has lasted a couple weeks everyday.

Partial seizures: tend to last 4-6 minutes at most. (there are some exceptions) Deja Vu, Jamais Vu and other psychic epileptic events border on the complex partial, simple partial continuum based on the presence of clouding of consciousness and electrical spread beyond 4 layered allocortex to 6 layered heteromodal association cortex. Deja Vu which is pervasive and refractory to combinations of meds may require VNS ...Read more

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Can a migraine cause deja vu?

Can a migraine cause deja vu?

Yes: Migraines can cause many stranges symptoms, but if ant symptom fails to resolve, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What causes flashbacks if they are not traumatic? Could it be deja vu?

What causes flashbacks if they are not traumatic? Could it be deja vu?

Brain is fascinating: Think of brain as two.Pound computer with mega data processing capabilities not known to neuroscientist yet though we claim amydgla and hippocampus have become the focus of research as more vets r coming with flash backs some with and without trauma. Brain is much more complicated and registers every second in a memory in a digital file appears as flashback join us with patrick kennedynext week. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned over having deja vu for over 4 hours followed by confusion and forgetfulness?

Should I be concerned over having deja vu for over 4 hours followed by confusion and forgetfulness?

Confusion: forgetfulness and long-lasting deja vu needs to be evaluated by your doctor. There may be a medical condition or a psychological cause. After that you can get appropriate treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hello I've been experiencing really bad deja vu I'm blacking out and going really dizzy I'm also loosing the sense of real life?

Hello I've been experiencing really bad deja vu I'm blacking out and going really dizzy I'm also loosing the sense of real life?

Deja Vu: is a common symptom of complex partial epilepsy. You need an EEG and a neurological work up. Usually very easy to treat. Need to find the underlying cause ( vascular malformation, mesial temporal sclerosis etc ) The sooner you start medication the easier it will be to treat. No driving, unsupervised swimming or tub baths until you have this under control with medication. ...Read more