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Dissociative Disorders: Treatment

Dissociative disorders involve disruptions in identity, memory, affect, perceptions, and bodily experiences. These normally integrated components of self are not integrated in dissociative disorders, which may lead to discontinuities in one’s sense of self, perceptions that the self or the environment is unreal, and amnesia. The past several decades have yielded significant advancements in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of dissociative disorders. Preliminary dissociative disorders treatment research focused on reviews of dissociative disorders case studies and has developed into work that is international in scope, vetted through peer review, and rigorous in design.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), emphasizes three main dissociative disorders: (1) depersonalization/derealization disorder, (2) dissociative amnesia, and (3) dissociative identity disorder (DID). This entry starts by providing ...

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