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Face recognition problems?

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  • Posted By: melly666
  • January 15, 2010
  • 04:54 PM

Here's a problem I've had since a child,I'm 44 now. I have problems with face recognition. I heard it's an illness but cannot find it in the search engines. It's not just the regular thing but it causes a lot of embarressment on my side and hurt on the other person's side. I can work with somebody for years,spend an evening with somebody,walk past somebody I 'should' recognize instantly but I just don't. I've had this many times people coming up to me like they know me well from somewhere and yet I fail to recognise them. I find these days if I have to try to remember a 'face' I have to mentally scrutinize their face for let's say a scar on their face or a mole for instance and make a mental note(something that's unique to them) incase I meet them in the future.It's difficult. I am a depressive and on anti-depressants for over 20 years(on and off),I put it down to this but now I'm hearing it could be an illness. Does anybody know if this is so...? I'm sick of people thinking I'm arrogant or rude as I'm naturally a very friendly person.:confused: Thanks

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  • Hey, it must be so diffcult going through this, but it's definitely an illness (maybe disorder is a better word for it). I'm a psychology student and recently took a paper on cognitive psychology and I remember reading something about this. It talked about how people have trouble associating a face to a person even if they have known them for years, but rely on ways around it like distinguishing features such as a scar and what you mentioned. I will look for the notes I have on it and post it up asap. Kylie.
    Nymphete 21 Replies
    • January 17, 2010
    • 07:30 AM
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  • Hey, it must be so diffcult going through this, but it's definitely an illness (maybe disorder is a better word for it). I'm a psychology student and recently took a paper on cognitive psychology and I remember reading something about this. It talked about how people have trouble associating a face to a person even if they have known them for years, but rely on ways around it like distinguishing features such as a scar and what you mentioned. I will look for the notes I have on it and post it up asap. Kylie.Thanks Kylie,I would eally appreciate this!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 17, 2010
    • 07:37 AM
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  • Hey, it must be so diffcult going through this, but it's definitely an illness (maybe disorder is a better word for it). I'm a psychology student and recently took a paper on cognitive psychology and I remember reading something about this. It talked about how people have trouble associating a face to a person even if they have known them for years, but rely on ways around it like distinguishing features such as a scar and what you mentioned. I will look for the notes I have on it and post it up asap. Kylie.Thanks Kylie ,I would appreciate that.
    melly666 1 Replies
    • January 17, 2010
    • 07:41 AM
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  • You aren't a ***k, those who don't understand are rude for not thinking outside the proverbial box. It's cognitive recognition. Your recall isn't doing it's job. Maybe the meds you were on, maybe genetic. The worst case scenario would be Alzheimer's Disease, but you are kind of young for that yet. I know you can be tested. I would use the process of elimination by being tested for Alzheimers first and then the dr. can make suggestions into other problems. Is there a history in your family? It very well could be because you are showing the first symptoms. Here's a problem I've had since a child,I'm 44 now. I have problems with face recognition. I heard it's an illness but cannot find it in the search engines. It's not just the regular thing but it causes a lot of embarressment on my side and hurt on the other person's side. I can work with somebody for years,spend an evening with somebody,walk past somebody I 'should' recognize instantly but I just don't. I've had this many times people coming up to me like they know me well from somewhere and yet I fail to recognise them. I find these days if I have to try to remember a 'face' I have to mentally scrutinize their face for let's say a scar on their face or a mole for instance and make a mental note(something that's unique to them) incase I meet them in the future.It's difficult. I am a depressive and on anti-depressants for over 20 years(on and off),I put it down to this but now I'm hearing it could be an illness. Does anybody know if this is so...? I'm sick of people thinking I'm arrogant or rude as I'm naturally a very friendly person.:confused: Thanks
    hi_imstephanie 8 Replies
    • January 18, 2010
    • 01:21 AM
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  • I am 52 years old and have had this problem for as long as I can remember. It's very embarassing. I've called people I don't even know by the wrong name. People that I should know are like strangers to me. I'm an attorney, and I remember facts, etc., very easily. But faces and names, ***l no! I've had some very embarassing situations, but I just brush it off and keep on going. My husband took years to understand the problem. He would get very upset when I didn't introduce him to people when they would come up to us. It has taken me years to have the courage to meet my husband out for lunch somewhere - terrifying thought to wander around a restaurant looking at faces trying to recognize my husband. UH! I've gotten to the point where I write down distinguishing features of clients so that when I meet them for court hearings it's easier to pick them out of the crowd. Sometimes I'll just shout out their name prior to the judge taking the bench and when they stand up or wave at me it is such a relief. I say, "Oh there you are," like it's just a one time thing that I couldn't pick them out. Hang in there and look for those distinguishing features!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 11, 2011
    • 04:28 AM
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