Mikaila Fendley

Dissociative Amnesia

Dissociative Amnesia is one of a group of conditions called dissociative disorders. When one or more of the functions of dissociative disorders is disrupted, symptoms can result. These Symptoms can interfere with a person's general functioning, including social and work activities, and relationships.

What Causes Dissociative Amnesia?

Dissociative Amnesia has been linked to overwhelming stress, which might be the result of traumatic events-- such as war, abuse, accidents, or disasters-- that the person has experienced or witnessed. There could also be a genetic link to the development of dissociative disorders, including dissociative amnesia, because people with these disorders sometimes have close relatives who have had similar conditions.

What Are The Symptoms Of Dissociative Amnesia?

The primary symptom of dissociative amnesia is the sudden inability to remember past experiences or personal information. Some people with the disorder also might appear confused and suffer from depression and/or anxiety.

How is Dissociative Amnesia Treated?

The first goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and control any problem behavior. Treatment then aims to help the person safely express and process painful memories, develop new coping and life skills, restore functioning, and improve relationships.

Treatments may include: Psychotherapy, Medication, Family Therapy, Creative Therapies ( Art therapy, Music therapy), & Clinical hypnosis.

Can Dissociative Amnesia Be Prevented?

Although it may not be possible to prevent dissociative amnesia, it might be helpful to begin treatment in people as soon as they begin to have symptoms. Immediate intervention after a traumatic event or emotionally distressing experience can help to reduce the likelihood of dissociative disorders.