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Dissociative Disorders ?

A person who is dissatisfied with his/her marriage disappears for several months and is diagnosed as experiencing a fugue state. Another person rapes a woman and, in court states they have no recollection of the event. In another situation, a person murders another and claims they didn’t do it. They claim it was another person whose personality was embedded within them. What leads you to either believe in or dispute the validity of any of these diagnoses? Please be sure to use at least one reference from the web in your response. Be sure to use at least one resource from the Web in your response.

LiL Butterfly,
Here is a reference to fugue state


And here are two references that might assist you –



Hope this helps
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Are people of every age at risk for dissociative disorders or is it only younger people?

I know disorders like schizophrenia mainly affect people in their late teens and early twenties, but does that apply to dissociative disorders as well?

Does the severity of the disorder have any correlation to the person's age?

Dissociative disorders come about as a coping mechanism because of intense stress or severe trauma. Multiple personalities form when a child is young and their personality is not yet fully formed. usually due to repeated severe abuse, instead of one personality forming, many personalities form as a way of allowing the "core" personality to have a life free of the emotional pain associated with the abuse. Other dissociative disorders such as depersonalization of dissociative amnesia can happen at any time. Rape victims, car accident victims, natural disasters, panic attacks, etc.... can cause either of these. So multiple personalities can only form in childhood but the other dissociative disorders can occur at any age. The severity would be connected to the severity of the stress, not age.  (+ info)

What is the current medical opinion of dissociative disorders?

I have dissociative identity disorder and I am coping pretty well. I've had a good therapist and she told me many things to help me understand why I am dissociative.

I would like to know the current medicial opinion of dissociative illnesses because it seems some doctors will not take you seriously unless you act like Sybil or put on some kind of show. I'm not here to entertain people and not all dissociative act like those people on telly. Dissociation comes in degrees.

Yes, your condition does manifest itself very differently in folks. It seems that you have a handle on it and have accepted it as part of your great self, and that is one heck of an accomplishment right there.

Now, you need to build and maintain some self-confidence around yourself so that you don't need some doctor's opinion to tell you about your body, mind or life experiences. They don't know, they just need to feel that they know more than you do. It feeds their own mental disorders and overinflated egos!

I spent several years directing a psychiatric halfway house for older adolescence. Although some had similar diagnosis, they played out very differently with each person. Those who were in denial and could not cope with the reality, presented the most ill. Those who accepted it as a part of them, but did not let it rule their lives, showed far fewer symptoms.

I'm going to boldly state my strong opinion regarding the psychiatrists and many other therapists we were involved with. Their living depended on kids being sick, presenting sick, and acting sick. Some of them really got off on it. A recovering patient that is doing well, is not as "exciting" to them. I also strongly believe that most of these people went into this profession because they have a mental illness or it runs in their families, and they perpetuate their own crap onto their patients. Psychiatrists, in particular, have been granted an unchecked "God-like" power over other human beings and they like to think that they know it all. My staff and I worked around the clock with these kids, yet some of these "doctors" seemed to think they knew it all after just 30 minutes with a kid. Their egos got in the way of their work. When we had a client strong and healthy, they did not seem to be as happy and helpful as when we brought in very sick kids. The tendency was to focus on the negative, they didn't know what the heck to do with the positive growth, it confounded them. It was very obvious to all of us.

So you just stick to the therapist that works for/with you, keep going on your positive track, and don't bother trying to impress or convince someone who is not important to you. They are only humble humans, who are subject to human flaws and emotions. Others, may simply not be experienced or sensitive enough to pick up on the subtle symptoms, they are looking for the obvious evidence, and ignoring the truth that you are trying to share with them.

You must present and cope well if you can fool them! That's actually a good thing! Keep your condition in check & keep 'em guessing!  (+ info)

Is the suicide rate high in dissociative disorders?

Particularly depersonalization disorder.

Psychiatric research indicates that there is no direct correlation between the majority of split personality disorders and suicide.The best guiding rule, in the absence of a qualified psychiatrist, is to decide whether the alternative personality has a good or sinister side. If that patient has ,say, a criminal personality then he may become a danger to himself as well as others !
Anti depressant drugs, administered by a qualified physician , can sometimes suppress the urge to harm oneself or others.This may help an individual to return to normal life without having to remain in solitary confinement.  (+ info)

What kind of medication do people take for dissociative disorders(not dissociative identity disorder)? ?

For all the dissociative disorders except DID?
or it its all the same, for DID too

Hi again :)
Anyway... this is what I found!

Psychotherapy is the primary treatment for dissociative disorders. This form of therapy, also known as talk therapy, counseling or psychosocial therapy, involves talking about your disorder and related issues with a mental health professional. Your therapist will work to help you understand the cause of your condition and to form new ways of coping with stressful circumstances.

Psychotherapy for dissociative disorders often involves techniques, such as hypnosis, that help you remember and work through the trauma that triggered your dissociative symptoms. The course of your psychotherapy may be long and painful, but this treatment approach often is very effective in treating dissociative disorders.

Other dissociative disorder treatment may include:

Creative art therapy. This type of therapy uses the creative process to help people who might have difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings. Creative arts can help you increase self-awareness, cope with symptoms and traumatic experiences, and foster positive changes. Creative art therapy includes art, dance and movement, drama, music and poetry.

Cognitive therapy. This type of talk therapy helps you identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones. It's based on the idea that your own thoughts — not other people or situations — determine how you behave. Even if an unwanted situation has not changed, you can change the way you think and behave in a positive way.

Medication. Although there are no medications that specifically treat dissociative disorders, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications or tranquilizers to help control the mental health symptoms associated with dissociative disorders.
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What is the MOST ACCEPTABLE cause of Dissociative Disorders to YOU?

Please provide 2 reasons why you chose this hypothesis/explanation.


Childhood trauma.

1) A child has not yet developed the sophisticated defense mechanisms necessary to properly deal with mental stress. With only primitive fight / flight responses, a child is often deemed helpless in buffering the Self from traumatic experiences. In situations where the child cannot fight or flight...dissociation is the only viable way out.

2) Dissociation is a splitting of the self. Logically, most people enjoy being in their skin except when it feels unpleasant. Since dissociation involves a major disconnect from the body, respectively it would necessitate an equally major unpleasantry (i.e. trauma).  (+ info)

what is the difference between dissociative disorders and somatoform disorders?

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are schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder both psychotic disorders?

No, schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder. Dissociative identity disorder is a dissociative disorder.  (+ info)

Unconsciously self harming? Dissociative disorders? Is it possible?

I Is it possible to self harm and not know about it? Like have no recollection of it whatsoever? If it is possible what form would it be? Could you wake up with self inflicted cuts and have n memory of doing them? If so, would they be deep, in a random order? What would they be like?

It may happen. See a therapist.  (+ info)

Debate on dissociative disorders, are they real or imagined?

They are real.  (+ info)

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