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My friend just got amnesia... - October 23rd 2010, 05:00 AM

As crazy as this sounds, one of my friends somehow hit his head in just the right place to basically make him lose all knowledge of people in his life. I feel horrible because the worst things always seem to happen to him. I want to help him. And if I can't, I just want to be able to start our friendship over without a ton of awkwardness and guilt. He literally had no idea who I was and basically it's like he just met me again. Has anyone had anything like this happen?
   
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Re: My friend just got amnesia... - October 23rd 2010, 12:35 PM

Hey there.

It is neither your fault, nor your friend's, that this has happened to him. I think you're exceptionally kind-hearted for wanting so much to be there for him, and make things as easy as possible for him. It may feel awkward at first, because he has no recollection of your past relationship, but you can earn his trust again, simply by being there with him. It will take time, but it'll be worthwhile. He'll be feeling lost and will appreciate all the emotional care and support he can get. Try not to stress yourself out to much, and take things slow. He'll get used to you soon and things will move on from there.

Remember that while amnesia can be a permanent condition, a number of people get their memories back after some time. Some websites recommend that you surround them with familiar objects or maybe take them to a familiar place - little things that may jog their memory. All of this will take time though and for now you're being a brilliant friend by simply being there for him.

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