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Can extreme stress or depression cause permanent memory loss?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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