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Psychogenic amnesia: when memory complaints are medically unexplained

  • Gavin C. M. McKay and Michael D. Kopelman
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The focus of this article is the assessment and management of medically unexplained (‘psychogenic’) amnesia, which we classify here as global or situation specific. Other psychiatric causes for memory disorder and neurological conditions that could cause diagnostic confusion are briefly reviewed, as are forensic aspects of memory complaints. Finally, brain and physiological mechanisms potentially associated with psychogenic amnesia are discussed.

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Dr Gavin McKay, Mascalls Park, Mascalls Lane, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5HQ, UK. Email: Gavin@doctors.org.uk
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