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is a loss of memory. You may not be able to remember information or experiences from the recent or distant past. You may not be able to learn and remember new information. Amnesia may occur for only a short time, such as after a concussion or use of certain medicines. Amnesia may last for a long time or be permanent, such as after a severe brain injury.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your amnesia gets worse.
  • You develop new symptoms.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


You may need treatment for any conditions that have caused your amnesia. Your healthcare provider may recommend memory training to improve your memory or learn new ways of remembering things. You may need to learn ways of coping with amnesia if it is permanent. You may need to use tools to keep track of daily activities and remind you of events. You may also need help from others to do daily activities.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Your healthcare provider may refer you to a psychologist or neuropsychologist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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