Memory Disorder

F. Frank LeFever flefever at
Mon Mar 30 16:39:17 EST 1998


Assuming you have sufficient common sense to ignore the nut case's
advice, then it might be worth while pursuing an investigation with
neuropsychlogists known to have expertise in memory and memory

You say you've ben studied by "everyone" except a neurologist.  Given
that neuropsychology is a young field with training and credentialling
still a bit "loose", it is possible that you have been studied by
people with some preparation but not quite full expertise.

In any case, anyone attempting a follow-up needs access to some details
as to what measures were used and EXACTLY what results were obtained.

Your "example" is not very illuminating.

Not knowing what tests were given, I cannot evaluate your assertion
that you had a "detailed" memory test; nor is it clear exactly what
kind and what degree of "abnormalities" were found in "some" areas.

Hoping you are not a psychological Munchausen case, I would recommend
you make one more try, with someone in England with excellent
reputations re memory studies: Barbara Wilson or Elizabeth Warrington,
for example.

They might not appreciate my posting email or FAX numbers, but I could
contact them for you, if you wish.

Dr. Wilson is at MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital,
Cambridge.  Dr. Warrington is at National Hospital, Queen Square,

Frank LeFever
NY Neuropsychology Group

In <6fi255$2vk$1 at> cijadra at writes: 
>Colm at (Colin) wrote:
>>I am 33 years old with a memory disorder, which I've had all my life.
>>Finally after 10 years of seeing everyone (except neurologists) 
>>and having been diagnosed as POSSIBLY having autism,
>>anxiety disorder,personality disorder,OCD,BP,
>>temporal lobe epilepsy etc, I have eventually had a detailed memory
>>test done and it showed abnormalities in some aspects of my memory.
>>To give you an example of how bad it is, I have very sketchy memory 
>>of most of my life. 
>>My CT and EEG are normal, and the memory deficit is common to
>>emotional and non-emotional events.
>>I have not had a head injury or have ever done drugs.
>>Just recently I have been told that it possibly could be an 
>>attention disorder.
>>If you have any info at all on what to do, or where to look to find
>>what could be done to help, I would be extremely gratefull.
>Instead of listing names of Westies (f.e. autism) for things they do
>not understand well anyway it would be easier is you'd give examples
>for what you can do and what you can't do.
>This way I could just make vague suggestions like trying to call up
>the last three days each time before going to be or also in between,
>which eventually should become easier.
>And to do stuff where you kick out hell of a load of adrenaline and
>see if you forget that as fast, too.
>And to check if you might have lead piping (tap water) or other bad
>metals in your nutrition.
>And to maybe try some drugs, f.e. to try shrooms once  and see how
>well you remember that.
>(But don't take them more often than 3-4 times a year, else they mess
>up too much.)
>Some of the psychedelics alter processing speed and memory uptake.
>That is why I mention them.
>They are not something to be taken too often, in this case more meant
>as a comparison test to normal data recall.
>But if you have data you have inner trouble with when calling it up,
>then you should not try that method on psychedelics; psychologically
>highly dangerous.

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