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Is Amnesia Hereditary?
Most types of amnesia, both neurological and dissociative, are caused by injury, disease, or external factors. Because memory loss stems from some external event acting upon the brain’s memory centers, it would seem there is no obvious link between family history and the risk of developing amnesia. However, there is evidence that some people may inherit a tendency to develop dissociative amnesia when exposed to traumatic experiences.
Researchers have identified a particular gene variation that seems to make people more susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression after experiencing a traumatic event. The results of one study also suggested the gene may increase the risk of trauma-associated memory loss, as well.
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