What Is Dissociative Disorder?

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4. What Are the Symptoms of Dissociative Amnesia?

Memory loss is the primary symptom of this disorder. The severity of loss is much greater than what can be explained by typical forgetfulness, and there is no medical cause for it. Frequently, information is lost about the individual themselves, other important people and events. The amnesia episode generally comes on suddenly and can last from minutes to hours. Rarely, it can extend over a period of months or years.

Often, the amnesia is related to specific events. The memory of a traumatic event or period is lost. On rare occasions, individuals experience a complete loss of information about themselves. During an episode, it is not unusual for individuals to travel or otherwise walk away from their lives, doing so in a state of confusion.

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