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Dissociative Amnesia Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Psychogenic Amnesia Diagnosis, Retrograde Amnesia Diagnosis, Dissociative Disorder Diagnosis, Identity Disorder Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Dissociative Amnesia Diagnosed?

The diagnosis for dissociative amnesia usually begins from the evaluation of the medical history and physical examination of the patient. Although not a necessary diagnostic procedure a physician may find it necessary to perform laboratory tests to the patient in order to possibly rule out other probable cause of the symptomatic manifestation of dissociative amnesia, such as side effects of medication and physical illness. The common tests ordered by physicians for ruling out other possible causes of dissociative amnesia include electroencephalography (EEG), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and blood tests necessary to indicate drugs and toxic substances as physical causes. 4

Once physical causes have been ruled out, the patient is then referred for a psychological test with mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists and other health care professionals who are trained in diagnosing mental illness, in order to diagnose and establish a treatment plan. Diagnostic tools used by mental health professionals include assessment tests and interviews in evaluating persons with dissociative amnesia.

Could You Have Dissociative Amnesia?

Dissociative Amnesia Topics

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Depersonalization Disorder – automation, derealization, dissociation, out of body experience
Dissociative Identity Disorder – two distinct personalities, memory loss, depersonalization, depression
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance