Amnesia: How the Brain Forgets

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Amnesia is best known for its use as a plot twist in soap operas, but it’s a real disorder! The most recent headline-worthy case surrounds Michael Boatwright, who woke up in an ER with no memory of himself, only speaking Swedish. Anthony looks deeper into his story, and shows us how such crazy memory loss can happen.

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Michael Boatwright awakes in Palm Springs with apparent amnesia

“Man found unconscious in hotel calls himself Johan Ek, speaks Swedish.”

What we know about Michael Boatwright, who woke up in Palm Springs with amnesia

“The No. 1 most popular story — by far — on Sunday is about Michael Boatwright, a man who woke up in the emergency room at Desert Regional Medical Center with apparent amnesia.”

Transient global amnesia

“Transient global amnesia is a sudden, temporary episode of memory loss that can’t be attributed to a more common neurological condition, such as epilepsy or stroke.”

Classical diseases revisited: transient global amnesia

“Transient global amnesia usually affects patients between the ages of 40 and 80. Patients with this condition are often described — wrongly — as being confused.”

Dissociative Fugue

“Dissociative fugue, formerly called psychogenic fugue, is one of a group of conditions called dissociative disorders.”

When a Brain Forgets Where Memory Is

“Every so often, seemingly normal people suddenly walk out of their lives and disappear, with no recollection of who they are, where they are from or what their previous life was like.”

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Robert Hocker February 21, 2014 - 9:47 PM

I NEVER had magnesia. In fact, I have a perfect memory. I don't remember anything I may have forgotten about; so, I must have a perfect memory. In fact…. what was this video about again? Oh yes… Most people who display magnesia are actually experiencing the D.A. syndrome A.K.A. Dumbassia.

Daniel Ball February 26, 2014 - 4:37 AM

I had insefuitus, sue me if I said it wrong, and I still cant remember who I was when I was a kid I had this for years and I also have short term memory loss too what can I do to remember. please help!!!

James Parker May 16, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Teen star falls causing rare case of amnesia
A year later her memory has not returned.

1yoiyoi July 11, 2014 - 10:07 AM

That sounds like bs. Sounds like some guy who was obsessed with Sweden decided he would forget where he was born to be declared "Swedish" lol

Little Blubbercorn March 14, 2015 - 5:40 AM

I had amnesia years ago, when I fell off a bike and hit my head on the curb. My friend was there and she followed me home. When I got home, I was so mad, because I thought my friend wouldnt let me go home (I thought I was at her dads) Then at one point my dad asks me, what my name is, and I was thinking he must be the biggest idiot on the planet Earth asking a retarded question like that – until I started thinking about my name… I coulndt remember it, and I coulndt remember anyones names or where I actually was and who the people I was talking to was. Funny thing is, I was looking around in my room (not knowing it was my room) and thinking this was the worst taste ever.

Alexandra Pittman September 22, 2015 - 9:49 AM

I wish that I could wake up with Amnesia, and forget about the stupid little things!Only 5sos fans will get it…

Sadistic Alien November 24, 2015 - 12:12 PM

I really want amnesia. I'm planning to fake it or find ways to hurt my memory. I really really really want retrograde amnesia!!!!!!

Rizka December 22, 2015 - 6:37 PM

who the hell is bucky?

Evil Kienevel April 7, 2016 - 10:28 PM

i wish i had amnesia so i could forget all the pains

DJ JJ April 16, 2016 - 5:37 AM

What if you have amnesia and you forget how to breath?

Patrick Halbeisen June 2, 2016 - 9:22 AM

my gf got retrograde amnesia.. i hope she will get the memory back about me…

namjohn;; June 14, 2016 - 4:17 AM

I healed a person from amnesia x

Melyy June 15, 2016 - 6:12 AM

i think i have amnesia…i forget what im doing or stuff very quickly.One time at school we were just done social studies lesson then we took a test and I completely forgot everything about the lesson. We did the lesson 20 seconds ago and I forgot everything about it…

Mudai July 31, 2016 - 1:27 PM

How do you purposefully forget your entire life and identity without losing education?

Kimberly Ocampo November 3, 2016 - 11:58 AM

how much head trauma does it take to get amnesia? because I fainted twice under five minutes both times waking up on the tile floor I may or not have hit my head on the sink, toilet, or doorframe I cant remember that Just severe pain on the sides of my head as well as having knocked down a small cabinet in the opposite direction I fell in and waking up between the crevice of the wall and toilet I'm not sure if that was enough it happened in the summer and I cant remember much of the months before that happened And I went to the doctor an your or so after but they didn't ask about my memory

Dub Beats May 25, 2017 - 8:12 AM

I think I had that when I fell off a bike in hit my head so hard…. In I didn't remember my mom I through she kidnap me once:..

Hmm yeah May 27, 2017 - 12:27 AM

I had amnesia back in 2015 after i graduated from high school they say i got an accident in my way home after a party i can't remember anything from my past i got hospitalised for 2 months getting therapy but it didn't work. I can't even see my parents as my family they're a couple strangers for me, when the doctor told my parents that i can't recover to my former self my family sent me to another country to live with my grandpa and grandma but i have started to live alone and go to college but sometimes in dreams or when i'm walking at a park i could get a glimpse of my past but i still couldn't remember i just hope i could remember what i was back then but if i do remember the past of my life will i disappear or will i still stay the same as i am now i keep questioning myself about this.

Lilia -Kiryukai🐉-Pirate Crew-ZonBvip July 7, 2017 - 4:34 PM

I want to have an amnesia to forget every stupid and sad things in my life and I was thinking if i just could die

Hodayah Yisolole August 3, 2017 - 12:53 AM

Im actually on this video to find out what happened to my family who's last name is also Boatwright, WTW.

Quaint 2 December 19, 2017 - 3:51 AM

I got hit by baseballs and stuff like that like 2 billion times when I was a kid and it broke my nose ._.

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Subash Shamis May 15, 2018 - 9:27 AM

Cold Cause Memory Loss?

Frances Larsen November 3, 2018 - 9:53 AM

I didn't really find what I was looking for on this video, unfortunately… I have pockets of places where I can't fill in the blanks. It was from someone who put me in sexual situations when I was too young. I only have little flashes of certain parts, and for some reason I feel obsessed sometimes wanting to fill out the whole picture, as it is weird knowing I was in many situations where I really "wasn't there," but another altered part of me instead, helping me to cope.

Shawn Grifon Helgesen January 27, 2019 - 8:22 PM

I wish i could get amnesia so i could forget all the animes i have watched and then watch them again

j a n w e e July 2, 2019 - 8:19 PM

I want to forget everything and restart a new life… I just hate how I always think about negative things, about the past! I wanna be a joyous person, who's always positive, smiling like everything is a wondeful thing! Thing is, I don't know what will happen if I did have amnesia… I could be a massive b—- ya know?

Charles Wild October 30, 2019 - 5:02 PM

C. Thomas Wild – About Inattentive ADHD – – Improved attention span, improved working memory – very rare, documented, authentic true story

jen sho January 4, 2020 - 1:46 PM

This is really bad info. You do not forget who you are with TGA for starters. This vid blows

jugraj singh April 10, 2020 - 8:10 PM

I have this problem from 7 years . I have no outer damage on head . First time i have this with big stroke and i loss my whole life sudenly for few days

Chene V. December 5, 2020 - 9:18 AM

How to get an amnesia please help me i hate my self im in depression now pleasser

hello idk December 13, 2020 - 6:44 AM

I want to forget everything and restart

R sheeba June 27, 2021 - 10:21 PM


meloholic vivi ➐ September 8, 2021 - 5:55 PM

watching this cause my head is bleeding