Dissociative fugue is an episode of amnesia in which a person may temporarily lose their sense of self and form a new identity. Dissociative fugue is not the same as dissociative amnesia, during which someone is aware that they have lost their memory and identity. The cause of dissociative fugue is most often associated with traumatic events or severe stress.
Dissociative fugue was once categorized as its own disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorder. Recently, it was recategorized as a subtype of dissociative amnesia. Dissociative fugue is rare and affects only 0.2 percent of the population.
Assessing Your Risk of Dissociative Fugue
If you think you or a loved one is living with a mental health disorder, you can take a self-assessment to evaluate the symptoms. However, these self-assessments are not official diagnoses. Mental health conditions can only be accurately diagnosed by a mental health professional. Discuss the results with a physician to determine if you should seek treatment.