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Dissociative amnesia

Mainly caused by stress, dissociative amnesia is the inability to recall important personal information.

Amnesia is the total or partial inability to recall recent or past experiences. Amnesia is defined as ‘dissociative’ when it derives from a psychological, rather than physical, disorder.

Affected people are often unaware – or partially aware – that they are suffering from this disorder, which can occur suddenly in case of stressful situations or physical and mental tiredness.

In reality, there are multiple signs that someone is suffering from dissociative amnesia: stress and tiredness; difficulties in falling asleep, focusing or recalling things; irritability; tendency to ‘act automatically’. In such cases, it is important to seek medical advice.

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