BigNews.Biz - Mar 25,2011 - Breaks in Memory, Perception, Identity, or Consciousness
This article is a comprehensive look into the symptoms of dissociative disorders. The fourth edition, text revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines dissociative disorders as a group of mental illnesses with the characteristic features being breaks in one’s memory, perception, identity, or consciousness. The manual lists five types of dissociative disorders – dissociative amnesia, dissociative identity disorder, depersonalization disorder, dissociative fugue, and dissociative disorder not otherwise specified.
Symptoms of Dissociative Disorders
Signs commonly seen in dissociative disorders include the following:
• Amnesia of specific time periods, people, and events.
• Anxiety, depression, Panic attacks of symptoms of PTSDW.
• A blurred feeling of identity.
• A feeling of being separated from oneself.
• Belief that surrounding things and people are unreal and distorted.
• Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) – The characteristic feature of DID or multiple personality disorder is switching to different or alternative identities when the person experiences stress or trauma. A person with DID often describes feeling as if various people or personalities live inside their body.
• Depersonalization Disorder – The feature of this disorder is an abrupt feeling of being outside oneself, and watching one’s actions from a distance as if watching a movie. The person may also have a distorted sense of the shape and size of his body or of surrounding objects and people. For the person, time may progress at a slow pace. The world may seem unreal. These symptoms may be intermittent in duration or present and disappear over a number of years.
• Dissociative Fugue – A person with dissociative fugue may suddenly leave work or home and travel away with no recollection of their identity. The person may assume a new identity and life in their new location. Dissociative fugue usually has as abrupt onset as a result of traumatic events. The lifting of the dissociative fugue may cause the person to experience extreme disorientation and confusion.
• Dissociative Amnesia – The key feature of this disorder is experiencing one or more episodes of being unable to recall important personal information, which can’t be explained by a neurological or physical condition. Conscious recall of disturbing events, people, or periods is completely missing from memory.
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