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    Can YouTube Help Find Anya’s Lost Memory?

    She doesn’t remember what happened in January. She doesn’t recall anything before then either. Specialists have diagnosed the Russian schoolgirl with psychiatric conditions ranging from dissociative amnesia to a fugue state. After the incident, she relearned the important things in life — who her mother is and what social media is. Posting as Unplanned Reborn, her YouTube account documents her struggle to learn who she was. Some of her friends think she’s faking it.

    Can social media be therapy? Anya’s therapist took a while to warm to the videos, but says “acting and creating” can help resocialize the teenager.

    Read OZY’s feature about ancient memory techniques.

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