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Published: 2013-02-01

Autobiographical memory disturbance or psychogenic amnesia? A case report

Monika Talarowska, Marlena Zajączkowska, Katarzyna Wachowska, Piotr Gałecki

(Lodz , Poland)

Basic Clin Psych 2013; 1:1-6

ID: 883754

Background:   Memory of past events and experiences provides people with a sense of life course continuity despite the fact that we and our environment are constantly changing. Memories determine our expectations and choices, and affect our current self-appraisal.
            Case Report:  The aim of this work was to present the results of some selected psychological tests of a patient admitted to the Department of Adult Psychiatry of the Medical University of Lodz because of autobiographical memory disturbance, and to compare the obtained results with those described in the literature. Analyzing the results of psychological tests and the clinical presentation, it can be concluded that this was a case of psychogenic amnesia.
            Conclusions:   When a patient reports autobiographical memory disturbance, the standard of care should be a complete psychological diagnosis including neuropsychological tests and an assessment of personality structure, as well as close collaboration between a psychiatrist and a psychologist.

Keywords: psychogenic amnesia, Disturbance, autobiographical memory

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