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    What causes amnesia?

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    Dr Nicholas Bradfield

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Bradfield is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in private practice and in the public health system in Melbourne, Australia. He has clinical experience conducting neuropsychological … View Profile

    Amnesia can be caused by many diseaes and processes.  The most common are:

    • Alzheimer's disease
    • Stroke
    • Traumatic brain injury (e.g. car accident, falls, assaults)
    • Hypoxia (lack of oxygen supply to the brain eg from heart attack of drug overdose)
    • Certain brain infections (e.g. encephalitis)
    Theses diseaes tend to affect parts of the brain that are essential for memory function. 

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