Oh, Snap! (kutsuwamushi) wrote in little_details,
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ANON POST: Dissociative amnesia/fugue state with history of other mental illness

I've checked out the wikipedia articles for both dissociative amnesia and dissociative fugue, also googled both terms and browsed the posts tagged with amnesia on here, which gave me a good general idea of the condition but as far as the specifics, I'm still having trouble figuring it out.

The setting is modern-day America, and basically the character in question is a male in his early 20s that has struggled with mental illness since early teens. Officially, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and believes his younger sister is trying to kill him and managed to convince everyone else that he's crazy so that no one will believe him. Prior to his amnesia, he was showing some improvement on medication but wasn't considered well enough and lacked skills to live independently and was staying with his parents and siblings.

What happens is the house burns down because of an electrical fire, and him and his siblings are hospitalized due to burns and smoke inhalation. The plan is then that he wakes up with no idea who he is, his life's memories and identity gone completely.

So, questions!

1.) From what I've read of dissociative fugue, the loss of identity usually comes with sudden travel, but given this character's in a hospital hooked up to machines, that's not exactly possible. But would he still try? Is it possible to lose your entire identity without trying to go anywhere? Would he be able to wake up with amnesia or is it more likely to be something that sets in later?

2.) How would his amnesia affect his schizophrenia and treatment? I'm assuming that his old delusions would be forgotten, but would he eventually form new ones if the fugue state lasted long enough? Would they alter his medication at all?

Thank you in advance!
Tags: ~psychology & psychiatry (misc), ~psychology & psychiatry: amnesia

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