Symptom Media

Dissociative Amnesia without Dissociative Fugue

This training title highlights the major symptoms of Dissociative Amnesia without Dissociative Fugue (With localized or selective amnesia as opposed to general amnesia).  Symptoms of Dissociative Amnesia without Dissociative Fugue may include:

The patient in this episode demonstrates many of the classical symptoms of Dissociative Amnesia.

Inability to remember past experiences:
Jesse reports that she can recall the events on Tuesday up until history class, when the incident took place. Jesse reports no memory of nightmares or recurring dreams.  She can remember everything that happened that day including what she did in each class: Physics, Math and Spanish.  She also can remember what she had to eat on that day. She reports little recollection of her American history class, recalling events up until Rebecca looking at her notes.  She cannot remember her history class, including that her friend Rebecca was shot.  The only thing she can recall after the shooting was that there was a half-day with no classes and that there were no classes the remainder of the week.

Jesse acts surprised, confused and visibly agitated when asked specifically about the school shooting.  She looks down and plays with a ring in her hands rather than addressing the therapist directly.  When the therapist tries to reassure her that others are also frightened to speak about the traumatic events, Jesse becomes visibly confused and defensive.  She looks confused when asked if she has had any nightmares or recurring dreams. She reports that she cannot fathom that there could have been a shooting at her school.  Jesse is visibly confused when the therapist asks about gunshots and about Jesse’s friend Rebecca or anyone else being shot.  She remains confused as to why there was a half day after her history class and no school the rest of the week.

Jesse reports that she has little appetite.  She reports she does not leave her room and can only sleep sometimes.  She reports avoiding contact with people.

Anxiety or apprehension:
Jesse reports she is under stress with college applications.  She is visibly anxious as she plays with the ring in her hand throughout the interview.  She reports little appetite and that she can only sleep occasionally.  She reports avoiding contact with people and that she will not leave her bedroom.  She is visibly anxious when the therapist mentions gunshots or anyone having been shot.

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