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What is dissociative amnesia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Dissociative amnesia is a disorder that occurs when a person who has suffered a trauma, usually in childhood, experiences involuntary memory loss. The memory loss usually involves specific information about the stressful, traumatic event. The trauma may be personal events like sexual or physical abuse, or more public, like natural disaster or war.

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