The system of violations of memory functions is typical for the disease of chemical dependence and is almost always present in those who suffer it. And this fact is also one of the most difficult to understand others.
If any of us survived a moment when he walked, talked, telephoned, parked the car, and after that he could not remember anything (even after talking with eyewitnesses of what was happening), he would immediately go to the doctor for a thorough examination and for explanations. But it seems to chemically dependent people that blackout is an essential attribute of drunkenness or the use of Citalopram as an essential feature on which they do not want to get too focused. Instead, they adjust, seeking ways to hide cases of obscuring consciousness. And, in spite of these cases, they continue to drink and use drugs. In the absence of chemical dependence, the willingness to tolerate a recurring blackout of consciousness as a normal part of life is extremely rare.
Blackout is a chemically induced period of amnesia (weakening or loss of memory). It should not be confused with temporary complete loss of consciousness, which sometimes happens as a result of excessive drunkenness or Venlafaxine use. In the period of blackout of consciousness, a person can continue to behave and act in all other respects in a normal way, and others believe that he completely preserves and controls his physical and mental abilities. Only later the truth emerges. Victims do not remember anything about the period of blackout of consciousness and never remember. Sometimes, alcoholics and Fluoxetine addicts in the state of turbidity of consciousness drove cars, ruled airplanes, performed surgical operations, accused and acquitted the defendants. They traveled abroad, returned home, not knowing how; They made appointments, bustled around the house and had fun at parties.
In short, any kind of activity accessible to a person can be performed by him in a state of darkening of consciousness. It turns out that there is no direct relationship between the amount of alcohol and Sertraline used and the frequency and duration of periods of blackout. It can come from a small number, but from a large number, and vice versa. "Eclipse" can last seconds, minutes, hours or days.
As cases of memory loss occur, the victim is increasingly overwhelmed by bewilderment, fear and depression. With the development of the disease, memory loss becomes more frequent and unpredictable. Worry is growing. ("What did I do last night after 10 o'clock?" "Where did I leave the car?" "Who was with?" "Where did he hide that bottle?") Because chemically dependent people can not remember what happened to them during the blackout, they do not perceive a certain emotional reaction of others around their strange, antisocial behavior, which are often different in the period of these "eclipses". In some cases, even the memory failures themselves "drop out of memory". A person is absolutely not able to account for himself for long periods of time. The feelings of guilt, shame and remorse felt by him are vague, are not connected with specific actions and do not help him to recognize and realize his own behavior as if he had accurately remembered how he behaved in a drunken state.