Amnestic Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment for Amnesia


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H.M. suffered from an amnestic disorder that was caused by which of the following?

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1. Jenny has an accident and can't remember anything from before it. What is she suffering from?

2. Jill has used a lot of drugs. As a result, she cannot make new memories. What is Jill suffering from?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What is amnesia, how can one get it, and are there effective treatments for this condition? This quiz and corresponding worksheet are designed to help you assess what you know about this disorder.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What caused the amnesia suffered by H.M. (Henry Molaison)
  • The type of amnesia in which a patient can no longer remember anything before the disorder
  • The type of amnesia in which one cannot make new memories
  • The cause of Korsakoff's Syndrome
  • How therapy can help amnesia patients

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the two types of amnesia
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of substance abuse that can lead to memory loss
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as retrograde and anterograde amnesia
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the ways in which people can develop amnesia

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Amnestic Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment for Amnesia. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define amnesia
  • Relate the famous case of Henry Molaison
  • Describe the two types of amnesia
  • Discuss the syndrome that explains how alcohol and drug abuse can lead to amnesia
  • Provide information about therapeutic and other treatments