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Dissociative Disorder

What are Dissociative Disorders?

Dissociative Disorders are conditions that involve involuntary escape from reality and are often associated with disruptions/ breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity, or perception.

There are different types of Dissociative Disorders, including:

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Disruption of identity, resulting in two or more distinct personality states.

Dissociative Amnesia

An inability to recall important autobiographical information, usually of a traumatic nature.

Depersonalisation/ Derealisation Disorder

Experiences of unreality and detachment with respect to one's thoughts, feelings, sensations, body, or actions (depersonalisation) or surroundings (derealisation).

What are the signs & symptoms of Dissociative Disorders?

In general, symptoms of Dissociative Disorders include:

  • Significant memory loss of specific times, people, and events (Dissociative Amnesia)
  • Out-of-body experiences
  • A sense of detachment from one's emotions (Depersonalisation/Derealisation Disorder)
  • A lack of sense of self-identity
What are the treatment options for Dissociative Disorders?

Treatment for Dissociative Disorders comprises one or more of the following:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy to develop skills to better manage stressful situations and symptoms
  • Stress reduction and distraction techniques
  • Physiotherapy or occupational therapy to help to improve one's ability to function (for conversion disorder)
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