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Man with severe amnesia identified as Lithuanian

A man found with severe amnesia in a Peterborough park has been identified as a 22-year-old Lithuanian.

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'Mystery Man': What is amnesia?

The brain: file photo Credit: Barratts/S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive

Definition

Amnesia is when an individual loses all or some of their memory.

Cause

It can be caused by a blow to the head, brain illnesses, or an extreme emotional experience.

Types

Anterograde amnesia - when the individual struggles to remember regular or day to day events and activities after a physical injury or accident.

Retrograde amnesia - when the individual struggles to remember events or activities that happened before their injury.

Transient global amnesia - disruption to the memory that lasts for around 4-12 hours normally following trauma.

Fugue amnesia - when the individual cannot remember who they are and struggles with identity.

Source: http://www.therapyweb.co.uk/problems/amnesia

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