Dissociative amnesia is a dissociative disorder characterized by disruptions in memory, consciousness, perception and identity. Dissociative amnesia can occur after a traumatic or stressful event and often involves lapses in memories related to the traumatic event.
Approximately 2 percent of Americans live with dissociative amnesia. Military veterans and people who have experienced childhood trauma have a higher risk of developing this condition. If you think you or someone you know is exhibiting symptoms of dissociative amnesia, take a self-assessment.
Assessing Your Risk of Dissociative Amnesia
While these self-assessments can help someone evaluate mental health disorder symptoms, the results cannot take the place of an official diagnosis. Only a mental health professional can diagnose a mental health condition. You can discuss the results of these self-assessments with a mental health professional to determine if treatment for dissociative amnesia is necessary.