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Dissociative Disorder

Dissociative Disorder

Dissociative disorders (DD) are conditions that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity or perception.  People with dissociative disorders use dissociation, a defense mechanism, pathologically and involuntarily.  Dissociative disorders are thought to primarily be caused by psychological trauma. Dissociative identity disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder): the alternation of two or more distinct personality states with impaired recall among personality states.  In extreme cases, the host personality is unaware of the other, alternating personalities; however, the alternate personalities are aware of all the existing personalities.  This category now includes the old derealization disorder category. Dissociative amnesia (formerly psychogenic amnesia): the temporary loss of recall memory, specifically episodic memory, due to a traumatic or stressful event.  It is considered the most common dissociative disorder amongst those documented.  This disorder...

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