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Old 07-27-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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Does anyone out there have hyperthymesia?

Has it usually been a blessing or a curse?

I have hyperthymesia and was wondering if there other people out there with it.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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I have hyperthymesia and was wondering if there other people out there with it.
According to hyperthymesia.org there are only 12 people in the world with this condition, so what are the chances any of the other 11 reads CDF?
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:33 PM
 
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According to hyperthymesia.org there are only 12 people in the world with this condition, so what are the chances any of the other 11 reads CDF?
There are only 12 documented people. Although a rare condition, there are others with it out there. They probably just haven't come out yet. And they might not even know that they have it. I didn't know until I learned about it in my psychology class in college.

And you do know that reported statistics aren't always reliable, right? A lot of underreporting goes on.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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What are the symptoms?
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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What are the symptoms?
Nearly total memory recall about details of almost every day of their lives. I'd guess an exception would be during infancy.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:59 PM
 
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Nearly total memory recall about details of almost every day of their lives. I'd guess an exception would be during infancy.
You can remember events in great detail from the age of puberty and onward.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:55 PM
 
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You can remember events in great detail from the age of puberty and onward.
I figured at some point early on such individuals wouldn't be the same as later. I recall things from my very early childhood, but mostly as highlights rather than full detail. What you're talking about is much different though.
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:02 PM
 
Location: The High Desert of the American Southwest
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I hope the OP doesn't equate simply possessing an excellent memory to being afflicted with hyperthymesia.

They are not the same.

Hyperthymesiacs have the ability to recall not only detailed past events in their lives, but also on what EXACT DATE they occurred. And not just important events, but ANY day. You give them a date, say, April 3rd, 1996 and they'd be able to TRUTHFULLY recount: "Yeah, that was a Saturday and I was laying on the couch watching the Dodgers game and my neighbor Tommy came over and asked me to help him jumpstart his new Dodge Challenger."

THIS is the condition that psychiatric professionals reckon only 10-20 people in the entire world have.

Excellent memories are a dime a dozen. Hell, I can remember going to Disneyland when I was 7 and spilling my ice cream on Mickey. I also recall our home phone number when I was around that age. And I'm not that special, trust me! LOL
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:14 PM
 
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I hope the OP doesn't equate simply possessing an excellent memory to being afflicted with hyperthymesia.

They are not the same.

Hyperthymesiacs have the ability to recall not only detailed past events in their lives, but also on what EXACT DATE they occurred. And not just important events, but ANY day. You give them a date, say, April 3rd, 1996 and they'd be able to TRUTHFULLY recount: "Yeah, that was a Saturday and I was laying on the couch watching the Dodgers game and my neighbor Tommy came over and asked me to help him jumpstart his new Dodge Challenger."

THIS is the condition that psychiatric professionals reckon only 10-20 people in the entire world have.

Excellent memories are a dime a dozen. Hell, I can remember going to Disneyland when I was 7 and spilling my ice cream on Mickey. I also recall our home phone number when I was around that age. And I'm not that special, trust me! LOL
Yes, I know what hyperthymesia is. I have it.
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