Inability to remember details of the traumatic event
There are various triggers of memories, and one of them is emotions. This is called emotional memory, and it is severely impaired in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. Linking thoughts to emotions is another way to promote memory retention, but PTSD patients have blocked this ability in an attempt to try to forget the traumatic event and the associated emotions. This leads to severe memory problems and inability to recall exact details of the traumatic event. Ironically, even though there are recurring thoughts and memories, there are also many blank spaces dispersed throughout the traumatic memory. Psychoanalysis explains this memory loss as an attempt of the unconscious self to protect mental integrity by not recalling certain details of the traumatic event.