Dissociative Amnesia Causes

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Dissociative Amnesia?

It is pointed out that dissociative amnesia is always caused by stressful and traumatic events with psychological causes rather than caused by any physiological factors. The stress delivered to the person may be too overwhelming, especially those brought about by traumatic events which the person has witnessed. Genetics is also linked with dissociative amnesia, since persons with this kind of mental disorder have history of family members having similar condition. 3

Among the most common traumatic events leading to stress that cause dissociative amnesia to occur include the following:

  • psychological/mental abuse
  • rape
  • war
  • accidents
  • natural disasters
  • death of a loved one
  • major life stresses
  • financial problems
  • internal conflicts
  • guilt-ridden impulses
  • unresolved interpersonal conflicts

Could You Have Dissociative Amnesia?

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