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Dissociative Fugue

A state of mind wherein one’s entire personal identity is abandoned and no other reasonable explanation (substance abuse, medication, a medical condition) is available. Also known as psychogenic fugue. Some causes of fugues include: extreme stress or trauma, accidents, reactions to natural disasters or the results of some form of sexual abuse during their childhood. This issue affects about 2/1000 individuals in the United States.

Example: A woman suddenly goes missing and is found wandering the streets in the next town, unable to recall who she is or how she got there.

Here is a great resource on causes, symptoms and how to diagnose a fugue state:

Dissociative Fugue
APA Reference
Fournier, G. (2018). Dissociative Fugue. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2020, from