psychogenic fugue

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Noun1.psychogenic fugue - dissociative disorder in which a person forgets who they are and leaves home to creates a new life; during the fugue there is no memory of the former life; after recovering there is no memory for events during the dissociative state
dissociative disorder - dissociation so severe that the usually integrated functions of consciousness and perception of self break down
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In Kirkland v State (1983), (13) attorneys for a woman who committed a bank robbery asserted an insanity defense based on a psychogenic fugue, which is sudden, unexpected travel away from home accompanied by inability to recall one's past and confusion about identity or assumption of a new identity.
Music is central in the occupation of the protagonist, a saxophonist (in the opera he's a trumpet player, like Neuwirth herself, one of her few departures from the screenplay), and in his mental switch to a new identity, described by Lynch and others as a "psychogenic fugue."
In December 2005, he suffered an incredibly rare form of amnesia called psychogenic fugue which wiped out all memory of his entire 25 years.

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