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Who is at greatest risk of developing dissociative amnesia?

A person who has experienced sexual or physical abuse in childhood is at high risk of developing dissociative disorders. Commonly occurring in the teen and young adult years, dissociative amnesia becomes the coping mechanism to deal with the trauma. Sometimes those who have experienced war, invasive medical treatments, or natural disasters may experience dissociative disorders as well.

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What is dissociative amnesia?
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Dissociative amnesia is a disorder that occurs when a person who has suffered a trauma, usually in c...
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Is amnesia a common condition?
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Amnesia is not a common condition. Amnesia most often results from damage to the brain in the areas ...
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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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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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