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How is Amnesia Treated?
Treatment for neurological amnesia may include:
- Occupational therapy. The therapy may focus on recovering lost memories, building new memories, and developing strategies for countering on-going memory loss.
- Dietary supplements. There are currently no drug-based treatments for amnesia, but memory loss associated with alcoholism is sometimes caused by a deficiency of thiamin (vitamin B1). In this case, B1 supplements may help.
- Memory aids. Organizers, calendars, photographs, and technological reminder systems can help a sufferer to function.
Treatment for dissociative amnesia can include:
- Psychotherapy. Sessions with a professional therapist can help the sufferer to address the traumatic source of amnesia and learn to cope with its effects.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This type of psychotherapy helps the sufferer to develop strategies to counter harmful thoughts and behaviors.
- Hypnosis. The goal of clinical hypnosis is to help the sufferer, through relaxation techniques, possibly recover lost memories and stop ongoing memory loss.
- Meditation and alternative therapies.
- Medication. Medications may be used to treat depression or anxiety if they are present in conjunction with the amnesia.
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