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How common is amnesia?

Television and movies like to use amnesia as a plot device. However, in real life, this medical condition is not a lot like how it is portrayed in these creative works. Amnesia can be a full loss of memories or just partial loss. It also comes in many forms, which determine what memories you lose. You may wonder how likely it is that if you are in an accident or otherwise injured in California that you will get amnesia. 

To begin with, Medical News Today explains there are many different types of amnesia. Most do not completely wipe out your memory. They make memories hazy or make you have trouble remembering new things. Plus, injuries do not cause all types of amnesia. Some forms are caused by medical conditions, traumatic psychological experiences or habits, such as drinking heavily. In addition, many types are not long lasting. You will eventually get your memory back. If you are injured, you would only have the potential of getting amnesia if you have a blow to the head. 

The reality is that amnesia from an injury is pretty rare. You may feel confused after a head injury for a little while, but this does not mean you have amnesia. This is far more common than actually suffering from amnesia. So the bottom line is that it is not likely that even a catastrophic injury will lead to amnesia. You are more likely to get this condition due to other causes. This information is for education and is not legal or medical advice. 

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