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    What psychological factors can cause 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

    Severe emotional trauma can cause a type of amnesia.  For example, an adolescent who suffers repeated sexual abuse may not recall periods of their life from that time such as who their teachers were, holidays they went on etc.  

    People with profound depression may not remember certain things from the period they were depressed.  

    Certain personality factors may make a person more susceptible to these types of memory difficulties. 

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