Topographical Agnosia: The Problem of Place Blindness

March 12, 2019 by admin0

Almost all of us at some point or the other come across a face, but couldn’t remember the name, or remember the name but couldn’t collate the face. There are some people who cannot remember their spatial location and tend to get lost. Sometimes, even when they are a couple of blocks away from home or office, they get lost. These people have little or no sense of where they are located and where they are headed. Such a problem is known as topographic agnosia, or place blindness.

Recently a mainstream newspaper in Kolkata talked about a few persons who were found loitering around the city aimlessly. On investigation, it was found that they were lost on their way. Sympathetic locals helped them find their home. A couple of them had strayed quite far from their destination. All of them admitted to have problems finding their way back or negotiating their way through the streets of the city. Such a condition is a textbook case of topographical agnosia.

As is evident from the name, topographical agnosia refers to the inability of the person to remember his topographical location. It is a problem caused by major injury to the head. A part of the brain is tasked with the job of taking care of where you are located and to give you directions about where you want to go. A traumatic injury to the head puts this function of the brain under jeopardy. There are also cases of topographic agnosia being hereditary.

The problem of topographical agnosia can be quite frustrating, leading to other mental health issues. It is best to get help,the sooner you realize that you are having issues with your sense of direction. A trained psychologist can help you get a grip on this problem through medication, but you have to ensure that you continue taking the right dosages on time. Looking back at the incidents of such cases reported from Kolkata, at least one of them admitted to have skipped their meds before they got lost on the road. So discontinuing MEDS are a strict no-no.

If you know someone who has symptoms of topographic agnosia, you should get in touch with immediately.

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