Dissociative Amnesia

Although there have been a number of studies and case reports of dissociative amnesia over the past century, many suffered from methodological weaknesses, and few explored this disorder in older adults.Since then, more systematic studies have supported the classic notion that most patients with dissociative amnesia come from severely stressful psychosocial environments, and experienced feelings of shame, guilt, desperation, and conflict.The fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) defines dissociative amnesiaas an inability to recall important personal information, usually of a traumatic or stressful nature, that is too extensive to be explained by normal forgetfulness. Read the full case report and discussion here>>


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