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The Doctors discuss, along with psychiatrist Dr. Domenick Sportelli, the case of a woman in the UK who after hitting her head was diagnosed with a type of amnesia where she can’t retain any memories or new information. She says because of all this, she is now sex-crazed, causing her to sleep with multiple men!
“With traumatic brain injuries, people’s personalities can change, especially if you hit the front of the head which is the prefrontal cortex. We see people with impulsivity control, we see people with aggression, we see people with increased sexuality, so there may be some truth to this circumstance,” Dr. Sportelli says.
The anterograde amnesia this woman is experiencing is like Dory in “Finding Nemo,” Dr. Sportelli explains! With this type of amnesia, you can remember who you are, keep your personality, but you can’t form new memories. “Imagine only experiencing the positive experiences of sex, sexuality and relationships without remembering any of the consequences?”
For this type of head trauma, occupational therapy is used for daily functioning and cognitive therapy is used to help cope with it. Additionally, there are apps and other types of technology that can help with memory as well as simple journaling.
“Traumatic brain injury in general, the changes in your personality, can manifest in all different sorts of ways,” plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon notes. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says the one takeaway is if you have someone in your life who has experienced a brain injury, and you are noticing a change in their personality, you should be aware that it could be a direct result of this injury.