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Dissociative disorders can disrupt every area of psychological functioning, including consciousness, memory, identity, emotion, perception, body representation, motor control, and behavior, by leading to discontinuity in the normal integration of these functions. Due to their relation to childhood psychological traumatization and high level of psychiatric complications such as chronic depression, substance abuse, and suicidality, dissociative disorders constitute a public health issue. A previous oversight on dissociative disorders in general psychiatric epidemiological research has been addressed by studies utilizing standardized assessment tools of dissociative disorders such as the Structured Clinical Interview for Dissociative Disorders, the Dissociative Disorders Interview Schedule, and the Dissociative Experiences Scale.

Overall Prevalence and Incidence

Screening studies on dissociative disorders in various countries using these instruments yielded lifetime prevalence rates of approximately 10% (range = ...

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