Patient Comments: Face Blindness (Prosopagnosia) - Treatments

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Comment from: YourSoundman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I can effortlessly recognize the faces of family members - my wife, aunts, uncles, cousins - but have difficulty differentiating between customers at work, or celebrities’ faces on TV, in movies, or in magazines. I wonder if I have (a degree of) prosopagnosia. I'm constantly mixing up faces of non-relations and it's so annoying! A jail sentence nobody deserves.

Comment from: LLSG, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I have had face blindness for most of my life, but not to a very serious degree. The problem is that it takes me many, many times of seeing a person to remember his/her face. It is often embarrassing, because I interact with a lot of people at work, and some I only see once in a while. If I don't see someone for months, unless they are a very close friend or family member, I can't remember who they are. I did not know about this disorder until very recently, but I was describing it to a friend, and she told me the name of the disorder. I suspect that I may have gotten this way after a very bad concussion when I was little. I wonder if it is possible to get face blindness from a concussion. I try coping with it by memorizing things about people and making up rhymes about them, based on physical traits. It works sometimes, not always.

Comment from: whimsical, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 10

I developed face blindness soon after a head injury. It is not as serious as others have mentioned. I found that if a person says hi to me every day and tells me their name, I can remember them after a month of this. However, if I do not see them for a while, I have to revisit the process again.

Comment from: Lee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I had prosopagnosia from adolescence until I was about 50. It was very frustrating not to be able to recognize my mother, my daughter. Then I started to be able to recognize people and pictures of people; spontaneous recovery it seems. I have wondered why and if anyone is studying this. The only thing that I can suspect as a trigger was being given doses of Serzone sometime before, that were too high and left me very weak and slowed my thoughts down. The oddest thing is that recognition information was evidently stored somewhere, because watching TV I have been able to recognize and name celebrities from 30 years ago that I never recognized before.

Comment from: ramaraom3, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 31

None of the remedies suggested for prosopagnosia are inspiring. As a lifelong patient (now a youthful 80 plus), I am not inspired by the list of suggestions. I am otherwise very healthy, have my share of exercise, enough and more meditation, excellent well balanced diet rich in nutrition and natural foods, and pure vegetarian diet. I think perhaps some well thought out brain exercises, some positive affirmations which I am in the process of trying out may make a difference in the long run. I do not consider myself a patient, though I am afflicted with the condition right from my teens.

Comment from: Tricia , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I have face blindness every month; my mind goes blank and it happens about the same time. I can't eat, can't drink anything except water, feel very tired, and this lasts about 3 to 4 days. My age is 71 and this has been going on for about 7 years.

Comment from: guy61, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I have lived with face blindness all my life. It"s not so much, at least for me, that you can"t see, but that you cannot keep it in your head. Faces look so much alike that it makes it difficult to discern who is who. I imagine that for most people my problems are like trying to discern the differences between two different fonts; since they aren"t born with innate ability to quickly discern the differences between serif and sans, ascender and descender heights, etc. it is difficult for them to discern the subtleties that distinguish one font from another. So it is for me - fonts are relatively easy - they don"t change, get older, change their hair, etc. But people constantly change, from one emotion to the next, and that makes it hard to track. My default is visually to rely on hairstyle, but that isn"t a constant, just a short term solution. I am much better at recognizing voices, but that usually isn"t available in the amounts required to make a positive identification and avoid awkward encounter. I have also found that if I can find a specific flaw, like a mole or birthmark, I can catalogue it as belonging to that person and make it specific. Frankly, I wish I could recognize people better. To be in a sea of people and to recognize a friendly face - what bliss! I wish I could see more about the people who surround me.

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