Are there complications to dissociative amnesia?

Because those with dissociative amnesia are suffering from trauma, they are at increased risk for complications such as anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, suicide, depression, and self-mutilation. People with this disorder may also have difficulty at work and in personal relationships but most recover slowly with psychotherapy. Unfortunately, some people are unable to reconstruct the memories and remain victim to the trauma.

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Amnesia refers to partial, but serious, loss of memory. For example, someone can't remember their mom's maiden name or what happened last Christmas, but may recall the joke their little brother told them a few seconds ago. Unlike ...

ke in the movies, real-life amnesia generally doesn't mean you lose your sense of identity. In fact, amnesiacs know who they are, but may have trouble learning new facts and forming new memories. Amnesia is believed to be caused by damage to areas of the brain where memories are processed and stored. Transient global amnesia is a short-term loss of memory. Amnesic syndrome is long-term memory loss and can be permanent. While there's no specific treatment, techniques for enhancing memory and psychological support can help amnesiacs and their families cope.

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