Forgetting To Rememer

Carson Budemer

Why PTA?

I decided to do my flyer on amnesia due to trauma because I've had people in my family that have went through it. I was really young when I heard my parents talking about my cousin. She was put into a hospital after a bomb blew up her base and when she woke up she didn't remember anything, not even her mom. Ever since then, I have always been interested in why that happened. Doing this research over it will finally help me understand what she went through and why. Others could benefit from this also in the same way I could.

Post- Tramatic Amnesia (PTA)

PTA is caused after a unpleasant/ traumatic event. It is a state of confusion that your brain goes to immediately after a traumatic event (brain injury), causing the person to be very disoriented and can't recall what happen, where they are, and even sometimes their own name. After the brain injury, your brain will sometimes have a hard time making new memories but most PTA's aren't permanent.

Inside the brain

After the traumatic injury the brain will psychologically repress the traumatic event. Also if the event happens during the encoding process and it gets interrupted, that memory will no longer be a memory ( long-term & short-term) because it's encoding was incomplete. Researchers have also found that "traumatic stress events" can cause a decrease in the hippocampus's volume.
Day of Accident Amnesia due to Brain Injury

Experments

An experiment was done on eight people showing how effective occupational therapy is for PTA. Information was recorded daily for four week on how the patient was doing. The results found that seven of the eight patients befitted greatly from it, performing occupational task with ease.
They have also found some effects of PTA:
1) Anxiety, agitation and rapid changes in mood.
2)Difficulty with thinking, memory and concentration
3)Highly distractactable

Did You Know

Reashers have found that only 3% of PTA injury's suffer no memory. In 6% of cases, it would only last for about non hour. 16% between a day to a week and 45% longer than a month.
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