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What is dissociative amnesia?

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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Can amnesia be life-threatening?
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Most forms of amnesia, especially those that fade quickly, will not seriously harm the body. Wernick...
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Will amnesia go away?
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Many forms of amnesia, like transient global amnesia, are temporary and resolve within a relatively ...
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Are there complications to dissociative amnesia?
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Because those with dissociative amnesia are suffering from trauma, they are at increased risk for co...
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What is transient global amnesia?
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Transient global amnesia is a condition where a person suddenly is unable to form new memories for a...
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