"Can people truly repress violently traumatic events so they don't know they happened for years and years and years, and then they can remember it years later? The answer is no," Muskin said. "Especially in a case where someone who had just been functioning fine, and has no problems, relates well to men and women for decades -- there should be some echo of the traumatic experience that happened."
On the other hand, Muskin was cautious to say extreme cases of repressed-recovered memories could "never happen" in a patient.
"To say that it's absolute either way is just unfair to science," he said.