Rare form of amnesia causes woman, 32, to wake up thinking she’s 15

April 13, 2015 5:44 PM

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Rare form of amnesia causes woman, 32, to wake up thinking she’s 15

One morning in 2008, 32-year-old Naomi Jacobs woke up in a home she didn’t recognize, to a son she didn’t know, thinking she was 15 years old. Jacobs, who is British, wasn’t admitted to a hospital the night prior for any head trauma. Rather, her personal memories disappeared due to a rare form of amnesia called dissociative amnesia, which is induced by stress, BBC reported.

“Initially I don’t recognize the room, the bedroom that I’ve woken up in, the bed that I’ve woken up in. I jumped out of the bed in shock,” Jacobs told the BBC.

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