Get to Know “Prosopagnosia” or “face forgetting disease” What is this abnormality?

Forgetting someone’s face is common because we may meet a lot of people in a day, but forgetting everyone’s face including ours is very abnormal. Today, ACU PAY will introduce Prosopagnosia, or face blindness, a disease that sounds strange but actually exists.

What is Prosopagnosia?

Prosopagnosia is a rare abnormality that happens to only 2% of the population all over the world. People with this disease cannot remember or identify others’ faces, including people who are close to them such as family members, close friends, colleagues, or their own faces. The disease was first discovered 150 years ago.

Symptoms of Prosopagnosia

The most obvious initial symptoms of the disease are that it is impossible to distinguish the face, facial expression, age or gender of others. People with this disease will also have other symptoms such as cannot remember items, places or routes. If this disease occurs at a young age, it may have an effect that makes the patients afraid of socializing because the patients can not recognize the faces of people around them, they will not be away from their parents in public and dare to greet others first. As a result, it is difficult for the patients to make new friends, not wanting to go to school, and not liking activities that are crowded and affect the lives of patients.

The cause of Prosopagnosia

Prosopagnosia is not an abnormality in vision, memory, or learning. People with this condition can see, remember and learn as normal but they will not distinguish the face, facial expression, age or gender of others. There may be something wrong with the right-sided brain which is responsible for recognizing faces, organs, colors, and words. The face blindness can be divided into 2 types

Type 1 Congenital Face Blindness

Face blindness since birth may be caused by genetic transmission because most children with face blindness have had family members with this disease as well. Child patients may not know that they have this condition until they grow up and start socializing. This condition can also be found in children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Turner syndrome, and Williams syndrome which make them have abnormal physical and behavior, causing significant problems in their daily lives and social life.

Type 2 Face Blindness due to brain damage

The face blindness condition due to brain injury may have been caused by an accident or head trauma, leading to the face blindness condition. It is also found in patients with stroke, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and depression.

Prosopagnosia and treatment

Currently, there is no specific treatment available, but doctors recommend that patients recognize other people’s characteristics instead of face recognition such as voices, hairstyles, heights, clothes, personalities, or other ways such as identification labeling to let the patient know who this person is.

What is your opinion on this disease? Face blindness is a rare disease, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t happen to us. ACU PAY hopes you guys take care of and maintain your health well.

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