Essay on Symptoms And Treatments Of Amnestic Disorders

799 Words Sep 26th, 2014 4 Pages
The causes, symptoms, and treatments of amnestic disorders are correctly portrayed in the movie ‘Memento.” Amnestic disorders are a group of disorders that involve the loss of memories that were formerly well-known or the loss in the capability to generate new memories. It is bigger than forgetting where you put your keys or forgetting to pick up something from the store. This disorder can develop from structural damage to the brain, which affects the blood vessels. This disorder can also develop from substance abuse such as from alcoholism, heavy drug use, or an exposure to environmental toxins. It can also happen from psychogenic causes such as a mental disorder or post-traumatic stress.
There are many types of amnestic disorders that can happen to a person. Anterograde amnesia is the most common form of amnesia. (Schacter 1996) It is the loss in the ability to produce new memories. It can lead to an inability to recollect the past. Some people with amnesia may repeat comments or questions numerous times or not be able to recognize the people they met just moments before. The hippocampus is a part of the brain that is responsible for forming new memories. If that important part of the brain is damaged, as in getting a concussion, the person cannot form new memories. The memories do not move successfully from short term memory into their long term memory. In the movie, “Memento,” Leonard was hit in the head from behind when fighting off an intruder who was raping and…

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