dissociative fugue


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fugue

 [fūg]
a pathological state of altered consciousness in which an individual may act and wander around as though conscious but his behavior is not directed by his complete normal personality and is not remembered after the fugue ends.
dissociative fugue (psychogenic fugue) a dissociative disorder characterized by an episode in which an individual forgets his past, assumes a partial or complete new identity, and travels away from home or work, in some cases taking up a new name, occupation, and lifestyle. During the fugue, patients are unaware that they have forgotten anything and seem to other people to be behaving normally; following recovery, they recall nothing that happened during the fugue. The disorder is usually related to emotional conflicts due to some traumatic, stressful, or overwhelming event, remits spontaneously, and rarely recurs.

dissociative fugue

(fūg),
n a sudden departure from a home or workplace without any ability to recall personal history or identity.
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When the patient presented at Ataturk Training and Research Hospital's outpatient Clinic of Psychiatry, dissociative fugue was suspected.
Doctors, who have diagnosed Boatwright with Transient Global Amnesia- a disorder in which patients are unable to form new memories, believe that he is in a dissociative fugue state, wherein a person forgets their past and can sometimes take on a new personality.
This is because there was no evidence to suggest the patient was sleeping prior to or during his self-harm, nor was there evidence of multiple distinct personality states or dissociative fugues occurring separately from the self-harm episodes reported by him or his family.