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Dissociative Amnesia Statistics

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Statistics on Dissociative Amnesia

The following are interesting facts on the statistics of dissociative amnesia:

  • Dissociative amnesia occurs in about 2% - 7% of the general population with higher prevalence in those who have history of abuse, victims of torture, and survivors of calamities and natural disasters, with the extent of trauma highly correlated with the extent of the development of amnesia. 8
  • Dissociative amnesia is more common in women than in men. 9
  • About 7% of the total population in the U.S will experience dissociative disorder in their lifetime. 10
  • 1 out of 3 women who have experienced abuse did not report it and 68% of them reportedly experienced other sexual assaults during their childhood. 11
  • About 16% of individuals who recalled the abuse admit that there is a time in their past where they could no longer remember about the abuse. 12
  • In people who were sexually abused in childhood about 10% have periods of complete amnesia about their abuse and this is followed by a delayed recall. 13
  • Partial memory loss is experienced by individuals who were victim of sexual abuse (22%), those who witnessed suicide or murder of a loved one (38%) and victims of physical abuse (22%). Complete memory loss is often seen in 20% of children who were sexually abused 13% in domestic violence, 13% in rape cases and 16% for those who witnessed combat injury. 14

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Dissociative Amnesia Topics

Related Conditions

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