I've been finding two interesting things as I do research for a story that involves amnesia. Firstly, that there is a lot of mystery around the actual processes that cause psychological/psychogenic amnesia (the kind I'm mostly looking at), and that there's a lot of eye-rolling, 'another cliche?'-groaning when its used in fiction. Is it something I should just avoid until I feel like I've got a more solid grip on my technical writing skills (execution), or just write in until I've got the whole story out and then work with editing it out? I actually have two cases that I'm considering. The second makes more sense than the first: guy gets captured and tortured, loses most all of his memory, including his name(s- he's had several), and recovers slowly. I know, I know, such total amnesia is rare; in my fantasy setting, its practically unheard of. But, given what he goes through, I consider his case more plausible. The other is a bit harder... A four-year-old boy is suddenly wrested from the rest of his family, and adopted by strangers (loving strangers, but completely different people than the family he's used to). Naturally, I'd expect his memories of his family to fade into his subconscious... but when he meets up with the other members of his family (20 years later), would it be too unrealistic for these memories to somehow be stirred back up? (His older sister, grown up looks just like his mother as he last saw her, and I was considering that as one potential trigger). My idea of that making more sense was: he's not left to just naturally forget all these things, but someone suppresses his memories/locks them up (hypnotherapy?)- and some sort of trigger would unlock them later. (And no, I'm not using any magic in this fantasy, so I've also eliminated the convenient spell.) Too far-fetched for you as a reader? Too cliche? Thanks for your feedback!