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Dissociative Amnesia: What to Do When Life is Only Partially Lived

Life is lived in the moment. This is the most important truth for us survivors of abuse—especially those of us with dissociative amnesia.

This condition causes us to forget a lot of things. Sometimes it’s just traumatic memories. At other times, amnesia can spread to even everyday things. Ranging from why we walked into a certain room to forgetting entire friendships.

No human remembers everything, but those of us with dissociative amnesia witness the power of forgetfulness to a new level.

This originally formed to protect us from trauma. Something was too difficult for our minds to understand, so they repressed it. This “forgetfulness” saved our lives. But now, you may be stuck with a dissociative disorder or repressed memories.

Maybe you don’t feel like you’re living fully when you can’t remember your life.

There are several important truths in this episode. Truths that will help you feel like your life has been full and amazing and incredible, despite memory loss.

To discover them, simply give this video a watch.

Live life fully by reading this blog: Live Life to the Fullest by Feeling Deeply

Don’t miss these highlights:

Why you’re not alone in the frightening experience of amnesia that us survivors of abuse face.  [0:51]

The single most important truth to know about life—and how it can calm your fears about losing memories. [1:45]

Why, despite being such a common phrase, “living in the moment” is a crucial concept to practice. [2:07]

The importance of accepting the grief that comes with memory loss, and how it can lead to your inner freedom. [2:23]

Dissociative amnesia formed to protect us from trauma, but sometimes it can take away happy memories too. And this can hurt. We can forget important things and, naturally, feel like life is only partially lived.

It’s my hope this episode has helped you reclaim control over what it means to be alive, even with memory loss.

What is your biggest fear about dissociative amnesia? How has this video helped you shift that fear into a more positive place?

I’d absolutely love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Lastly, if you could share this video with someone else who is struggling to accept amnesia or repressed memories, that would be amazing. I’ve yet to find another person talk about how to live fully with this, so that’s why I created this video. Your friend might need this resource too.

Remember, even with dissociative amnesia, life can be filled with wonderful experiences.

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  1. Maggie

    It’s so strange to me that my DH can talk at length about any and all teachers he had in elementary and high school. I have mostly just vague impressions about basically my entire life up to about age 20. I was just surviving.

  2. Maggie

    And also, I have this weird thing where I don’t seem able to remember people. It’s like a facial recognition issue. I can have a pretty deep, interesting conversation with someone I just met. And the next day I will see them, and it’s like I’ve never seen them before in my life.

    It’s like I just can’t make myself connect to people. Unless I see them consistently in the same place every time, I simply won’t recognize them.

    I’ve often wondered if this is related to past emotional trauma or do I just have random face blindness. I guess there’s really no way to know. Makes it harder to find friends though.

  3. RhiRhi

    I’m so glad I happened upon your web site! I thought I was just weird and the only one in the world who blocked out years of my life like that!!! From what I understand, my childhood was pretty tough so I have very very few memories of it. What worries me tho is even after becoming an adult I can’t recall even happy memories, like my son’s first words or something like that. Of course, that’s been 25 years ago so for all I know that could be the reason. The bad years tho-I can’t think of any reason I’d want to remember them. Am I missing something? I just try to focus on today like you say and live in the moment. Well and hope I remember the good times ten years from now!! Thank you so much for the video! I don’t feel so strange now that I know someone else has the same problem.

    • Arien Smith

      I’m truly glad you stumbled upon this site too! It’s definitely common for survivors of trauma to block our years of their life, so I’m glad this has helped you see you’re not alone in this.

      It can be scary to think that we won’t always remember happy things too, but I’ve found it helpful to remind myself that I can remember people talking about the happy things, looking back at photos/scrapbooks/etc, and other things that can bring up that joy again. It’s a new memory, formed out of reminders from the old! Plus, all memories are just buried–not necessarily gone forever. <3

      As far as the past goes, your brain might keep that hidden forever. I think the only reason it comes up is really if our mind wants to process and heal it--so then it will rise again and we'll be empowered to heal those injured parts of our childhood.

      Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment!

      (So sorry again about the delayed response! I wish I had gotten the email notification for this comment, snaps)


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