Psychological DisordersDissociative DisordersDissociative disordersare characterized by disturbances in consciousness, memory, identity, and perception. Three kinds of dissociative disorders are dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, and dissociative identity disorder. Dissociative AmnesiaThe main feature of dissociative amnesiais an inability to remember important personal information, usually about something traumatic or painful. The memory loss is too extensive to be explained by normal forgetfulness. Dissociative FuguePeople with dissociative fuguesuddenly leave their homes and disappear unexpectedly. They do not remember their past and are confused about their identity. Sometimes, they may assume entirely new identities. Dissociative Identity DisorderDissociative identity disorderwas formerly called “multiple personality disorder.” In this disorder, certain aspects of identity, consciousness, and memory are not integrated. People with
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