Dissociative Amnesia and DSM-IV-TR Cluster C Personality Traits
Dissociative amnesia is a disorder characterized by retrospectively reported memory gaps. These gaps involve an inability to recall personal information, usually of a traumatic or stressful nature. Dissociative amnesia most commonly occurs in the presence of other psychiatric conditions, particularly personality disorders. In the literature and in clinical practice, it is often associated with DSM-IV-TR Cluster B personality disorders. However, there is evidence to suggest that dissociative amnesia may be more likely to occur among individuals with Cluster C personality disorders. Presented here is a discussion of the types of memory loss, two cases of dissociative amnesia occurring in patients with Cluster C psychopathology, and a focused literature review.