Dissociative amnesia

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Dissociative amnesia

Dissociative amnesia is a form of dissociative disorder and occurs when a person blocks out information associated with a traumatic or stressful event. Memory loss in individuals with dissociative amnesia is more significant than typical forgetfulness. Dissociative amnesia is different than simple amnesia because the memories still exist, but the individual is not able to recall the memory on their own. However, the memory can be triggered. Symptoms of dissociative amnesia include sudden inability to recall experiences or personal information, confusion, depression, or anxiety. Risk factors include exposure to traumatic experiences (such as war, natural disasters, abuse or torture) and gender, as it is more common in women than in men.

Diagnosis of dissociative amnesia starts by ruling out an underlying neurological or physical health condition, as many disorders have symptoms similar to dissociative amnesia. If no physical disease is identified, a referral is made to a psychologist or psychiatrist who can perform a specific assessment designed to evaluate a person for dissociative amnesia. There are a variety of treatments available, including psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, family therapy, or even clinical hypnosis. Speak with your physician or mental health provider to discuss which treatment plan is best for you.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and hundreds of local NAMI Affiliates advocate for access to services, treatment, supports and research and are committed to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

Last Updated: 6 Apr 2015

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and hundreds of local NAMI Affiliates advocate for access to services, treatment, supports and research and are committed to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Dissociative amnesia" returned 3 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A rare variant of dissociative amnesia: back to the past.
 

Author(s): Yen-Lin Kuo, I-Hui Lee, Yen-Kuang Yang

Journal: Kaohsiung J. Med. Sci.. 2013 Jan;29(1):59-60.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Inter-identity autobiographical amnesia in patients with dissociative identity disorder.
 

Author(s): Rafaële J C Huntjens, Bruno Verschuere, Richard J McNally

Journal: PLoS ONE. 2012 ;7(7):e40580.

 

A major symptom of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID; formerly Multiple Personality Disorder) is dissociative amnesia, the inability to recall important personal information. Only two case studies have directly addressed autobiographical memory in DID. Both provided evidence suggestive ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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[A case of incest with dissociative amnesia and post traumatic stress disorder].
 

Author(s): Işil Bilgin Erdinç, Ceyhan Balci Sengül, Nesrin Dilbaz, Songül Bozkurt

Journal: Turk Psikiyatri Derg. 2004 ;15(2):161-5.

 

Incest is a kind of sexual abuse that causes serious disorders during childhood and adulthood. In order to overcome the trauma, abuse victims frequently use dissociative defence mechanisms. Post traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, major depression and borderline personality ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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