human_circuitry (human_circuitry) wrote in little_details,

Retrograde amnesia and memory recovery.

Hey everyone.  Forgive my first post if it is terrible!

First off, let me say that I'm writing something for myself that will most likely never see the light of day.

Setting is a slightly futuristic, post-apocalyptic wasteland where medical help is scarce.  My character is in his late twenties, very physically fit, but has suffered a traumatic brain injury and now has pretty bad case of retrograde amnesia.  Large chunks of his memory are missing.  The injury itself and the memories that have been lost aren't really a concern.  What I'd really like to know is what the process of memory recovery is like.  I've tried various combinations of words regarding memory recall/recovery and retrograde amnesia,  but nothing I've found answers my exact question.  I've also read about the process of treating memory loss, but that isn't going to happen in this setting.

What I mean more specifically is, what is the actual moment the person is reliving a memory like?  Is it like being plunged into a dream world?  Is everything else around you suspended in time, so to speak?  Do you feel and smell the things that were present, or is it like a half-remembered dream?  What is it like recalling a memory while awake?  While asleep?

Sorry if my questions are confusing, or if no one hear has an answer.  Also, sorry if it takes me a while to respond.  I don't have internet access at home.

Thanks for your time!
Tags: ~medicine: injuries: head injuries, ~psychology & psychiatry: amnesia
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