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Dissociative Fugue and Social Security Disability

Is it possible to get Social Security Disability for dissociative fugue? You may be asking this question because you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dissociative fugue and this disorder and/or complications resulting from it are the reason why you or your loved one is disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. getting-disability-benefits The word “dissociation” means the state of being separated or the act of separating. When dissociation is used in reference to psychiatry or psychology, it means a mental response that results in your consciousness moving away from painful or traumatic associations. Another way of looking at it is that dissociation is a way of escaping painful associations of reality by going to another imaginary or real place. Doing so may include paralysis, loss of speech, shock, numbing or even loss of consciousness. Mental illness Dissociative disorder is a mental illness that is evidenced by a dissociation from or an interruption of the fundamental aspects of your waking consciousness, such as your personal identity or history. Researchers think this dissociation is a coping mechanism in which a person literally dissociates themselves from some type of situation or experience which is so traumatic that they are not able to integrate it with their conscious self. The word “fugue” comes from a Latin word that means “flight”. In one sense, this is what a person does who has dissociative fugue. Dissociative fugue is a type of dissociative disorder that used to be called psychogenic fugue. It is a mental illness in which a person temporarily forgets who they are and without planning or warning, wanders away or travels away from their home or place of work. Confused Someone who has dissociative fugue may frequently become confused about who they are and start a new identity. However, they present no outward indications of illness, such as a strange appearance or odd behavior. Signs and symptoms of dissociative fugue are usually only apparent after a fugue (episode) has concluded. Possible signs and symptoms include: Not being able to remember what took place during the fugue A sense of being detached from yourself (depersonalization) Suddenly and unexpectedly leaving your work or home to go on some type of trip Mental health problems that include depression and anxiety Being unaware or confused about your identity Assuming a new identity Appearing to act normally to other people Not being able to remember your past A perception of the people and things around you as being distorted and unreal (derealization). Again, you or a loved one may have been diagnosed with dissociative fugue. This disorder and/or complications resulting from it may be why you are disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. Have you applied for Social Security Disability from the Social Security Administration? Were you or your loved one denied? Important fact If you or your loved one decides to reapply or apply the denial, remember this important fact. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one at, are approved more often than people without an attorney. The best thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. Article written by James Shugart Connect with James on Google+