Do you have trouble recognizing people's faces? It wasn't a problem I'd ever heard about in connection with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, but when a reader left a comment about it I had an "ah-ha" moment.Here's the comment:
"[I] find it takes me longer to remember peoples faces! So embarrassing when I don't recognize my son's girlfriend's mother - or call someone the wrong name - not because I get name muddled but actually have the face muddled up! Problem is worse when I see someone in work uniform for first time or vice versa. I met a soldier in hospital years ago who suffered from CFS (I have FMS) who got in trouble because he mistook a senior officer (who was out of uniform) with a private that he knew & spoke to him inappropriately!" -Trish in Oz
In the last few years, I've noticed that I have a horrible time distinguishing characters in TV shows and movies (if they have similar hair styles, I'm doomed!), and I do sometimes confuse people I don't know well. For example, I was recently at my daughter's gymnastics show and found myself staring at a little girl, unable to tell if she was from my daughter's class.
I looked into this and found that some experts believe we have physical abnormalities in the temporal lobes of our brain, and wouldn't you know it, that's the area that deals with facial recognition.
Do you have problems remembering or recognizing faces? Has it caused problems for you? Have you found anything that helps with it? Leave your comments below!
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