During the fugue, individuals may appear and act normal or appear only mildly confused and attract no attention.
However, when the fugue ends, individuals suddenly find themselves in a new situation with no memory of how they came to be there or what they have been doing.
At this point, many individuals feel ashamed or upset that they cannot remember what happened. Some individuals are frightened.
If they are confused, they may come to the attention of medical or legal authorities.
After the fugue ends, many individuals remember their past identity and life up to when the fugue began.
However, for others, remembering takes longer and occurs more gradually.
Some individuals never remember parts of their past. A very few individuals remember nothing or almost nothing about their past for the rest of their life.