dissociative amnesia

dissociative amnesia
[DSM-IV] a dissociative disorder characterized by a sudden loss of memory for important personal information, usually circumscribed or selective amnesia, rarely generalized or continuous amnesia, and which is not due to the direct effects of a psychogenic substance or a general medical condition; the amnesia may follow severe psychological stress or may be an unconscious response to internal conflicts or an intolerable life situation; complete recovery of memory almost always occurs.

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