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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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