Who am I? It’s as if somebody drew a comb through my life and untangled the knots. But those knots were the life I no longer know.
– Gabriel Andersen
Dissociative disorders are psychological disorders that involve a sudden loss of memory or change in identity. Under extreme stress or shock, an individual’s conscious awareness becomes disassociated (separated or split) from previous memories or thoughts.
Psychogenic amnesia is a dissociative disorder involving memory loss caused by extreme psychological stress.
Fugue (flight) is a dissociative disorder in which the individual not only develops amnesia but also unexpectedly travels away from home and assumes a new identity.
Multiple personality is the most dramatic but least common dissociative disorder; individuals suffering from this disorder have two or more distinct personalities, or selves like the fictional Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.