dissociative fugue


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fugue

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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.
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It may be accompanied by dissociative fugue, which has a reported prevalence of 0.2%.
(43) Although O.'s trip is evidently a scheduled one and although, unlike many sufferers of dissociative fugue, he does not assume a new identity, there is, as we have seen earlier, evidence to suggest that his trip does have its origins in a desire to shed responsibilities and in a recent commotion--the crisis of jealousy--which would also seem to have provoked a 'brouillage' of his own experience and that of his uncle.
Then you may be a reporter, a politician, or you may suffer from a 'disease' that the APA's manual labels 'dissociative fugue.' This is an invitation to a lifetime of Woody Allen psychotherapy."
of amnesia called "dissociative fugue" and the difficulty of diagnosing and verifying the disorder.
This chapter discusses the 5 types of DDs recognized by the Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-IV): Dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, depersonalization disorder, dissociative identity disorder (also known as multiple personality disorder), and dissociative disorder not otherwise specified.
(7) The DSM-IV dissociative disorders are descriptive formulations: dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, dissociative identity disorder (previously called multiple personality disorder), depersonalisation disorder, and a 'not otherwise specified' category that includes trance disorder, with or without possession.