This may explain, for a few, perplexing memory difficulties:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transient_epileptic_amnesia (TEA)

Topics:  TEA, Amnesia, TLE

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A few persons find that the right epilepsy medicine temporarily improves aspects of their memory;  a few persons find that the right stimulant (including caffeine) can temporarily improve aspects of their memory.  Many persons find that no medicine works for them at all.  That's my understanding.

The TEA article states:  Importantly, these types of memory difficulty are not detected by standard neuropsychological tests.

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I don't know per se that the traumatic amnesia has to do with epileptic events, as I've had Islands of memories for a long time, and many of my old memories get wiped away.  I kind of think that it is probably near universal that many people experience similar stuff, but I was surprised to learn from Wikipedia that of brain injuries only about a quarter experience amnesia, or whatever proportion it was.  I had a difficult time, I assumed that others were probably similar.  Oh well, I have a good time.

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