Memory Disorder

Liam laim at globalnet.co.uk
Sun Dec 27 17:46:24 EST 1998


Hi again,
Thank you both for replying,
I'll try the neuro depts...I'm off searching for them now.
Below is a bit more info, I sent it to over 200 university psych depts
but had very little response. :-(
Cheers
Liam

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please find enclosed my memory results.

It has only been found in the last year and a half that I have got a
memory
 	problem, but I have suspected if for most of my life.
The memory problem may be as a result of other cognition problems, but
it 
	is the one I'm most aware of.


The background to date;

- I have had an E.E.G and a C.T. scan, both of which were normal.
- I haven't had a head injury or ever taken drugs.
- I am not on medication.
- The memory problems apply to both emotional and non-emotional
events.
- One of the places doing the memory test said that it could be due to
 attentional deficits.

Day to day living;

- I have very little memory of most of my life, I can't remember my 
 childhood, adolescence,my 20's etc.
- I can't remember anything about my family members, my father died
when I
 was 18, my sister when I was 30, but I have no memory of either
- I cannot picture things in my mind, lack of recall applies to all
senses.
- My language is vague and general to make up for the lack of memory.
- I often go into rooms and forget why I did.
- I have no idea if things happened last month, or last year
- I can't remember what I did 10 mins ago,today,yesterday etc
- I can't seem to make internal maps, ie I have no idea of the local
street names nor orientation.
- I seem to be living in a confused fog, where memories are like black
and
 white, blurred snapshops appearing out of sequence, and then that
sequence
 overwrites the original dating process.
- I constantly make lists, have tried association and most memory
enhancing
 tools, but feel that I am treating the effect rather than the cause.


My own rantings;

- I am searching desperately to find the cause of the problem, and if
 anything (medically) can be done to help.
- I would like to have a top down objective approach to the problem as
over
 the years I have had many totally differrent subjective diagnosis

To me the plan would consist of
	Structural scans 		CT - ok	
	Functional scans		EEG - ok
	Neuro-transmitter levels	Catecholamine Fractational
test ?
	Hypnosis ?

Looking for help;

- If you know of;
	any places doing research into memory, attentional problems,
or 
	   	brain research in the UK or EU 
		(or anywhere else if they can be contacted by post),
	any medical publications to contact,
	or anything at all that would help,
  I would be extremely grateful.


If you want any more info please don't hesitate to get in
touch......Thanks

Liam Mc Loughlin
laim at globalnet.co.uk
				
____________________________________________________________________
MEMORY TEST RESULTS
Benton Visual Retention test	11 errors 		4/10 correct
 Wechsler Logical Memory test	10.5 for immediate	6 for delayed
Paired Associate Learning test	8 easy pairs		5 hard pairs
SAS test			33
Graded Naming test		20 out of 30
National Adult Reading test	Estimated full scale pre-morbid IQ 116
_____________________________________________________________________
DOORS AND PEOPLE
Score summary and scaled-scores
Age scaled scores	People	Doors	Shapes	Names
    Raw scores		17a	18b	29c	13d
    Age-scaled scores	4   +	8   +	7   +	4       = 23 Total 
							age-scaled
scores
    Percentiles		1	1	1	1	= (1) 4
Overall
							 age-scaled
score.
_____________________________________________________________________
VISUAL-VERBAL MEMORY PROFILE
   Visual memory		8j  +	7k  =	15	(1) 7 Combined

					visual memory test age-scaled
scores.

.........................................................................................................................................................................
   Verbal memory		4i  +	4l  = 	8 Total age-scaled
verbal
						 scores
					13n Combined verbal memory
					    test age-scaled scores

.........................................................................................................................................................................
   Visual-verbal discrepancy	7m  +	3n  = 	4
					12 (99) Visual-verbal memory
						 test age-scaled score
_____________________________________________________________________
RECALL-RECOGNITION MEMORY PROFILE
   Recall			4i  +	7k  =	11 Total age-scaled 
						   recall scores
					14o 	Combined recall test
						 age-scaled score

.........................................................................................................................................................................
   Recognition			8j  +	4l  =	12 Total age-scaled
						 recognition scores
					15p Combined recognition test
						 age-scaled score

.........................................................................................................................................................................
   Recall-recognition discrepancy	4o  +	5p   =	-1
					9 (95) Recall-recognition
					discrepancy age-scaled score
_____________________________________________________________________
FORGETTING SCORES
   Verbal			8e  -	8f  =	0
					1 (11)q Verbal forgetting
						 age-scaled score

.........................................................................................................................................................................
   Visual			12g +	12h  =	0
					1 (11)r Visual forgetting
						 age-scaled score

.........................................................................................................................................................................
   Overall			11q +	11r  =	22
					12 (1) Overall forgetting
						 age-scaled score 



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