Shenaz Treasury opens up about her struggle with prosopagnosia

Shenaz Treasury made her Bollywood debut in 2003, along with Shahid Kapoor in the movie, ‘Ishq Vishk’. The former MTV VJ recently took to her social media to share with her fans and followers that she has been diagnosed with a condition called prosopagnosia.

The VJ-actor turned blogger spoke up about her condition, the repercussions of it and how it affects her daily life in her Instagram story.

In the first Instagram story, she wrote, “I have been diagnosed with prosopagnosia. Now, I understand why I’ve never been able to put faces together. It’s a cognitive disorder. I always felt ashamed that I can’t recognise faces. I recognise voices.” She added in her next story, “Signs and symptoms of face blindness/prosopagnosia. 1. You have failed to recognise a close friend or family member, especially when you weren’t expecting to see them. Yes, that is me. Takes me a minute to register who the person is. Sometimes even a close friend I haven’t seen in a while.”

She then elaborated further on her condition and wrote, “You have difficulty recognising neighbours, friends, coworkers, clients, schoolmates. People you know expect you to recognise them. Failing to recognise someone might make you seem aloof. Many sufferers report losing friends and offending coworkers because they have failed to recognise them. This is me.”

She revealed how difficult it has been for her and requested for people’s understanding and wrote, “I’ve always felt so ashamed that I mix up people and can’t recognise faces of people — even close friends after a few years – I can’t recognize them. This is a real brain issue. Please be kind and understand.”

Adding more details about how she has been coping with this condition all this while, Shenaz revealed that she would often recognise people by their hair but then would again find it difficult if they cut their hair or changed their style drastically.

Speaking about this, Shenaz said, “So you confuse characters in movies or on television more so than other people? Yes, I do. I can’t tell the difference if two characters have the same height and build and hairstyle.  When someone gets a haircut, you may not recognize them when you see them again. Many people with face blindness use hair as a way to remember people. When a person’s hair changes, that memory cue is lost. So now please understand that this is a real disorder and not me being aloof or snobbish.”

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