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Dissociative Fugue - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


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Many fugues seem to represent a disguised wish fulfillment. Other fugues are related to feelings of rejection or separation. Most fugues are brief and self-limited. Unless behavior has occurred before or during the fugue that has its own complications, impairment is usually mild and short-lived. A fugue in progress often is difficult for others to recognize because the person's outward behavior appears normal. Symptoms of dissociative fugue include is Sudden and unplanned travel away from home. Inability to recall past events. Confusion or loss of memory and Extreme distress and problems with daily functioning. Dissociative fugue affects about 2 of 1,000 people in the United States. It is much more common in people who have been in wars, accidents, or natural disasters. Dissociative fugue is treated much the same as dissociative amnesia, and treatment may include the use of hypnosis or drug-facilitated interviews.Psychotherapy can be helpful for amnesia caused by emotional trauma. Hypnosis or a medication called Pentothal (thiopental) can sometimes help to restore the memories.

Causes of Dissociative Fugue

Common Causes and Risk factors of Dissociative Fugue

  • Stress..
  • Traumatic events.
  • Infection.
  • Seizure disorders.
  • Transient global amnesia.

Signs and Symptoms of Dissociative Fugue

Common Sign and Symptoms of Dissociative Fugue

  • Memory loss.
  • Cofusion.
  • Identity disturbances.
  • Mild depression.
  • Depersonalization.
  • Derealization

Treatment for Dissociative Fugue

Common Treatment for Dissociative Fugue

  • Treatment of dissociative Fugue depends on the root cause of amnesia. Psychotherapy can be helpful for fugue caused by emotional trauma.
  • Hypnosis or a medication called Pentothal (thiopental) can sometimes help to restore the memories.
  • Common sense approaches include wearing a helmet , using automobile seat belts, and avoiding excessive alcohol or drug use.
  • Brain infections should be treated swiftly and aggressively to minimize the damage due to swelling.
  • Tranquilizers or antidepressants for the anxiety and/or depression that often accompany dissociative disorders.
  • Creative arts can help you increase self-awareness, cope with symptoms and traumatic experiences, and foster positive changes.