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Can emotional trauma damage your memory?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Yes.

But not likely to be permanent.
Emotional trauma may cause distraction and therefore an inability to properly attend to your environment and to properly store and retrieve information. Even daydreaming - reliving a pleasant experience- can interfere with memory. Who hasn't burnt cookies when some other thought got in the way?

In brief: Yes.

But not likely to be permanent.
Emotional trauma may cause distraction and therefore an inability to properly attend to your environment and to properly store and retrieve information. Even daydreaming - reliving a pleasant experience- can interfere with memory. Who hasn't burnt cookies when some other thought got in the way?
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
The more severe and chronic the trauma and the younger the age of the victim, the more likely it will interfere with memory and other cognitive functions.
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