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Documentary. Mary Ann Sieghart has prosopagnosia, or face blindness. She describes how lack of awareness could lead to problems with security, justice and also misdiagnoses.

Every day Mary Ann Sieghart blanks friends and colleagues in the street - some people think she is the rudest woman they know. She also claims to be the 'worst lobby correspondent in the world'.

She has prosopagnosia, more commonly known as face blindness. Sufferers have problems perceiving or remembering faces. It's thought around 1 in 50 of us has the condition- the chances are you or someone you know will have it - but many people don't even realise they have it.

Stephen Fry and former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt are two of the well known people who have the condition and here they share how they've found ways of coping with it to get by in their careers.

In extreme cases, some sufferers don't recognise family members or even their own reflection. Concerns are rising that it could lead to issues in security, justice and misdiagnoses. Psychologists and psychiatrists are trying to learn more about the condition and its effects, calling for it to be recognised formally and screened for in schools and in jobs.

Mary Ann has long dreamed of a solution - could technology or even hormonal treatments help improve her ability? Or will the best solution simply be to make people more aware?

Presented by Mary Ann Sieghart
Produced in Bristol by Anne-Marie Bullock.

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28 minutes

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Sun 13 Nov 2016 13:30

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