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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 46 (2004) 9, 627 - 631

Case report

That's what we call a psychogenic amnesia

M. Jelicic, H.L.G.J. Merckelbach, M.J.V. Peters

summary If a patient suffering from retrograde amnesia following a traumatic brain injury develops psychological problems but has no obvious neurological abnormalities, specialists readily conclude that the amnesia must be psychogenic. In this case study it is explained why such a conclusion is debatable. The subject of the study is an 18-year-old patient with retrograde amnesia who was given a long course of psychotherapy because his memory loss was diagnosed as being psychogenic. On subjecting the patient to a thorough neuropsychological examination we found that his amnesia had an organic basis.


keywords memory disorders, retrograde amnesia, traumatic brain injuries