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- Dissociative Disorders -

    A Dissociative Disorder is characterized by a person having a disruption, split, or breakdown in his or her normal integrated self, consciousness, memory, or sense of identity.


1. Dissociative Amnesia (DSM-IV: 300.12)  Patients with this Dissociative Disorder experience marked but reversible impairment of recall of important personal information or experience, usually involving emotional trauma.

2. Dissociative Fugue (DSM-IV: 300.13)  Patients with this Dissociative Disorder suddenly & unexpectedly travel away from their home geographic location, experience impaired recall of their past. They may be confused about their former identity and may assume a new identity.

3. Dissociative Identity Disorder - DID (DSM-IV: 300.14)  was formerly called multiple personality disorder. Patients with this Dissociative Disorder suffer from alternation of two or more distinct personality states with impaired recall among personality states of important information.

4. Depersonalization Disorder (DSM-IV: 300.6)  Patients with this Dissociative Disorder experience episodes during which they feel detached from themselves. They may experience themselves or their surroundings as unreal. They may feel outside or lacking control of themselves. They retain awareness that this is only a feeling. (less common type)

5. Dissociative Disorder NOS (DSM-IV: 300.15)  (less common type)

General Psychology
Robert C. Gates