2 thoughts on “Dissociative Fugue: 9 Common Symptoms

  • May 20, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    In this blog, Dissociative fugue sounds an awful lot like DID. Also, having studied and researched dissociative disorders intensely, never have I come upon the label psychogenic fugue. Is psychogenic fugue something from as far back as the original DSM? Could you please clarify the differences between dissociative fugue as you’ve described it here compared with Dissociative Identity Disorder?

    • May 20, 2020 at 11:38 pm

      Hello Lora,

      Thank you responding to this article. It seems we both study dissociative disorders intensely. Dissociative fugue is a subtype of dissociative amnesia, it is commonly experienced in people that struggle with dissociative identity disorder. Being in a dissociative fugue state doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop alternate personalities (it can happen), however, the mind will travel from the body to escape emotional pain. In regards to your second question psychogenic fugue was in the DSM-IV. Please research the term Psychogenic fugue, you will find the characteristics as well as the reason it was changed to dissociative fugue. Speaking transparently I wouldn’t know if it were in the original DSM as it was long before my studies. Prior to the DSM-V many of the diagnosis were overlapping, and repetitive, making it difficult to pinpoint a precise diagnosis. When you research Dissociative Fugue you will see psychogenic fugue as a way for others to connect the diagnosis. Some people still use the term psychogenic fugue state when making a diagnosis.


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