It is amazing how science has an explanation for almost everything; how we feel, the things we do or go through. It is also soothing to discover that these feelings, actions and reactions do exist in others. As it stands, there is almost nothing you feel that another hasn’t felt; our doings and feelings are relatable.
You know how we have been warned many time not to Google our symptoms, well; I suppose most of us can’t help it. We consult Google anyway. It is like the closest “consultant” to us, so we just go there. The first few results I got from finding answers to the reason I can’t remember familiar faces were the name of the condition and a possible cause which some articles put as an intellectual problem. Further research however, revealed that the condition doesn’t necessarily have to be as a result of the aforementioned. It is just the way some people are wired.
I started paying attention to this when on many occasions, I found it difficult to remember faces of people I attended high school with or of those I recently met. This doesn’t happen with people I have stayed in constant contact with.
Prosopagnosia is estimated to affect about 1% of the population. It is not necessarily linked to a brain damage or any other intellectual problem. The condition can even be diagnosed in perfectly healthy people; many even go about their normal lives without realizing they have it. The most common, is developmental prosopagnosia which refers to face-blindness without having a brain damage.
Unfortunately, there is no known medication or therapy for prosopagnosia, some people develop strategies to help them cope including picking out unique traits of a person to help them remember. Other strategies known to help involve creating an association, recording details and names of people as well as meeting often with people prosopagnosics intend to recognize. In recent times, I have found that being honest and telling people about it has helped a great deal.