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Amnesia presents tremendous hurdles for Dallas families

The term brain injury conjures up frightening images for many Dallas residents. Our brains make us who we are, and if an injury affects the brain's ability to function, the consequences could be life-altering.

One type of brain injury that many are familiar with due in large part to its prominence on television shows and in movies is amnesia. Amnesia, also known as amnestic syndrome, causes a person to lose his or her memories and, unfortunately, can be permanent. Amnesia is often treated via techniques to enhance memory, which can prove beneficial for a patient.

Amnesia affects an individual in two primary ways. Anterograde amnesia occurs when a person's ability to learn new information is impaired. Retrograde amnesia occurs when a person cannot effectively remember past events and other familiar information.

Damage to the area of the brain essential for memory processing is a leading cause of amnesia. Severe amnesia often occurs due to brain damage or injury, and is known as neurological amnesia. This type of amnesia may arise if a person suffers from a stroke, brain inflammation or lack of sufficient oxygen to the brain, though there are additional causes as well.

Amnesia can be an isolating and troubling event, both for the person suffering from it and for the patient's loved ones. If a person has suffered a severe brain trauma due to someone else's negligence that has led to amnesia, there will undoubtedly be medical expenses and extensive rehabilitation. Taking the process one day at a time and seeking out legal help may provide much-needed relief during a troubling time.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Diseases and Conditions: Amnesia" Accessed June 5, 2015

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