Dissociative Amnesia and the Role It Plays in the Human Life

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DISSOCIATIVE AMNESIA AND THE ROLE IT PLAYS IN THE HUMAN LIFE Self preservation is instinctual for most creatures and man’s ability to protect himself far surpasses the physical act of self preservation. Man has the ability to protect himself psychologically from situations that may have caused him physical or emotional harm. One of the conditions man uses to protect himself is called Dissociative Amnesia. Dissociative Amnesia, formerly known as Psychogenic Amnesia, is “a pervasive loss of memory of significant personal information.” (PsychNet-UK, http://www.psychnet-uk.com/dsm_iv/dissociative_amnesia.htm). Individuals suffering from this condition block out or forget important personal information that is usually associated with a traumatic or stressful life experience. Unlike other types of amnesia, this condition is not predicated by a neurological injury or as the result of drug or alcohol abuse. Its origin is emotional or psychological and can happen in the following forms: [pic]Selective Amnesia: happens when a person can recall only small parts of events that took place in a defined period of time. For example, and abuse victim may recall only some parts of the series of events around his or her abuse. (PsychNet) [pic]Generalised Amnesia: is diagnosed when a person's amnesia encompasses this entire life. (PsychNet) [pic]Continuous Amnesia: occurs when the individual has no memory for events beginning from a certain point in the past continuing up to the present. (PsychNet) [pic]Systematised Amnesia: is characterised by a loss of memory for a specific category of information. A person with this disorder might, for example, be missing all memories about one specific family member. (PsychNet) [pic]Dissociative Fugue: is a rare disorder. An individual with dissociative fugue suddenly and unexpectedly takes physical leave of his
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