Abandonment of one’s personal identity, accompanied by physical flight from a location. May be caused by the resurgence of a repressed or forgotten trauma. Amnesia, various neurological conditions, and drug abuse must be ruled out for a diagnosis of fugue to occur.
Example: A soldier is found wandering in a minefield, several miles from a hot firefight, unable to state his own name and with no recollection of having left his unit.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 16 Oct 2008