Psychogenic and organic amnesia. a multidimensional assessment of clinical, neuroradiological, neuropsychological and psychopathological features

Laura Serra, Lucia Fadda, Ivana Buccione, Carlo Caltagirone, Giovanni A. Carlesimo

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Abstract

Psychogenic amnesia is a complex disorder characterised by a wide variety of symptoms. Consequently, in a number of cases it is difficult distinguish it from organic memory impairment. The present study reports a new case of global psychogenic amnesia compared with two patients with amnesia underlain by organic brain damage. Our aim was to identify features useful for distinguishing between psychogenic and organic forms of memory impairment. The findings show the usefulness of a multidimensional evaluation of clinical, neuroradiological, neuropsychological and psychopathological aspects, to provide convergent findings useful for differentiating the two forms of memory disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalBehavioural Neurology
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Amnesia
  • Organic origin
  • Psychogenic origin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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