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Are people with dissociative disorders psychopathic?

Not really: The conflicts between alters are more internal than external. ...Read more

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Dr. Grant Brenner
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Dissociative Disorders (Definition)

Dissociation is a defensive operation that the human mind engages in unconsciously in order to avoid ...Read more


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Can dissociative disorders be cured?

Can dissociative disorders be cured?

With dissociation,: I think healing is a more accurate term. Mental processes are like a dance, and we're always balancing something. With treatment of dissociative disorders, one may become more resilient to the things which previously triggered dissociation, so that this is no longer the automatic coping response. One has more gears, in a way. Dissociation leaves you without choice -- treatment provides these. ...Read more

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What causes depersonalization/dissociative disorders?

What causes depersonalization/dissociative disorders?

Dissociative DO: This is controversial. Some believe it is due to childhood traumas & disorganized attachments. A recent review article by dr. Stern in the psychoanalytic quarterly journal jan. 2012 , supports the hypothesis that current or recent trauma may affect one's assessment of the more distant past, changing the experience of the past & resulting in dissociative states. ...Read more

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What are dissociative disorders?

What are dissociative disorders?

Dissociative D/O: "dissociative disorders" means a group of 4 disorders having in common: memory loss for certain periods of time, events, & people; sense of being detached from self (depersonalization); perception that things around you are distorted & unreal (derealization); blurry sense of identity; disturbed functioning in life, work, etc. Reality testing is intact, unlike psychotic illnesses. ...Read more

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Dissociative disorders--how weird can they be?

Dissociative disorders--how weird can they be?

Very weird indeed: The weirdness can consist of the following: receiving directions to go somewhere, including out of country, by someone or for reasons you do not know, coming home after a night out and finding blood and semen and bruises on you that you have no recollection of. Having alters that think they are animals, eating dog food for years and not knowing it, being tortured at night, having spirit alters etc. ...Read more

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Top meds for: chronical dissociative disorders?

Top meds for: chronical dissociative disorders?

None approved: If bipolar, standard bipolar treatments, if depressed i try to pick something like zoloft or Paxil to treat depression and ptsd. If self-harming, i add in Hydroxyzine 20-25 mg up to four times a day to decrease the frequency of the thoughts and the intensity of the urges. If there is an underlying ptsd with true psychosis in addition to the psuedopsychosis i add in an atypical or typical anti-psychotic as indicated. With generalized anxiety disorder I use buspar (buspirone). Panic anxiety is treated in the standard fashion. Dissociative crises are treated by an increase in the antipsychotic if there is one on board or by adding in an anti-psychotic if one is not already being used. Remember however that psychotherapy by a trained and experienced psychotherapist is absolutely necessary in this condition. The therapist must have experience in long term in working with dissociative disordered individuals. There are entirely too many types of therapy and a broad mixture of therapies that have to be added in together to treat a condition this complex. It is not a situation for amateurs. The worst thing you could do would be to treat with a clinician who does not even believe in this condition. Also, make sure that your therapist has had supervised treatment of di d in the course of their training or career. Best wishes and good luck to you. My experience is that d id patients thrive in therapy and do very well. I greatly admire their sense of survival their creativity, their ingenuity, and their deep underlying sense of right and wrong as well as justice. I have learned as much or more from them as they have learned from me. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Dissociative disorders?

What is the definition or description of: Dissociative disorders?

Dissociative: Dissociation is a defensive operation that the human mind engages in unconsciously in order to avoid painful stimuli or memories. ...Read more

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What kind of medication do people take for dissociative disorders?

What kind of medication do people take for dissociative disorders?

Not medication: Medication is not the primary treatment for dissociative disorders -- various kinds of talk therapy (including cognitive therapy) are. Also, expressive art therapies can increase self-awareness, cope with symptoms and traumatic experiences, and promote positive integration. Sometimes hypnosis can be helpful. Medications might be used for accompanying symptoms like anxiety & depression, though. ...Read more

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Do neurologists treat dissociative disorders?

Do neurologists treat dissociative disorders?

Not alone: Neurologists may treat some people who also have dissociative disorders, but would not be doing this by themselves unless they also have full training in psychiatry. A typical scenario might be a patient who has both a seizure disorder and dissociative disorder -- needs care from both psychiatry and neurology working together. Such a person will also need psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What could be a physiological explanation to dissociative disorders? What are the part of the brain that are involved?

What could be a physiological explanation to dissociative disorders? What are the part of the brain that are involved?

Multiple areas: Correlations have been demonstrated between the symptoms of dissociation and the right temporo parietal junction, an area involved in perspective taking, sense of self and integration of information between self and environment. There are several aspects of mental dissociation, and brain areas involved in those domains, e.g., visual/auditory/tactile processing, attention, are associated with each. ...Read more

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What is psychopathic personality disorder like?

What is psychopathic personality disorder like?

Politicians?: Dsm-v: individuals are arrogant and self-centered, feel privileged and entitled.They have an exaggerated sense of self-importance and are primarily motivated by self-serving goals.  they seek power over others and will manipulate, exploit, deceive, con, or otherwise take advantage of others, in order to inflict harm or to achieve their goals.  they are callous and have little empathy for others. ...Read more

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How would you know if someone has antisocial behavior disorder?

How would you know if someone has antisocial behavior disorder?

Disregard for others: I'm wondering if you mean antisocial personality disorder. If a person has this, they would show a long standing pattern of anti-social attitudes and behaviors, including some of these: 1) lack of guilt, remorse, and care towards others; 2) minimal consideration of social norms and rules; 3) few close relationships; 4) trouble dealing with frustration and anger; and 5) a tendency to blame others. ...Read more

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What is the triad the three main symptoms of having conduct disorder or antisocial behavior?

What is the triad the three main symptoms of having conduct disorder or antisocial behavior?

Disregard for others: There is not really a triad for antisocial pd, but it is characterized by a disregard and violation of the rights of others. People who suffer from this disorder think they have the right to exploit, harm or use other people. Some scholars theorize that they suffer from superego lacunae meaning that their conscience never developed. They may display impulsivity, aggressiveness and lack of remorse. ...Read more

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Do adolescents with conduct disorder develop antisocial behavior due to some genetic trait?

Do adolescents with conduct disorder develop antisocial behavior due to some genetic trait?

Nature/nurture: There is a nature and nurture component in personality disorders such as conduct disorder, psychopathy/sociopathy (AKA antisocial personality disorder) however it's not a question of genetics or environment, it's usually a combination of the two. ...Read more

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I am in Psychopathic. how can I get out from it.

I am in Psychopathic.  how can I get out from it.

Psychopath: Congratulations on wanting to deal w/your symptoms. Be careful not to self-diagnose, you may have a different condition. Please see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment, not only medication but therapy. Work at becoming aware of the way others are affected by our behavior. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a psychopathic personality?

What are the symptoms of a psychopathic personality?

AKA Antisocial: Today we use the term "antisocial" when referring to a person considered to be psychopathic. Such an indvidual has no regard for the life or well-being of others. They do not follow or conform to the usual laws or rules that govern society. From street criminals to mass-murderers to heads of large corporations to politicians to law enforcement personnel, psychopathic individuals are all around. ...Read more

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I am not the same around people anymore. Do I have antisocial behavior?

Antisocial behavior: An antisocial personality is very different. It is a person without a conscience, many times with criminal behavior. It generally does not develop late in life. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does psychopathic schizophrenia mean?

Can doctors tell me what does psychopathic schizophrenia mean?

Diagnosis: Atleast I am not aware of such terminology schiophrenia and psychoopathy are true different disordes but un commonly both can coexist this is not meant to be medical or psychiatric advice. There is no doctor patient relationship.Please call 911 or go to nearest er for psychiatric or medical emergency such si/hi/emotion crisis. ...Read more

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Can a traumatic experience push someone with potential psychopathic tendencies into full blown psychopathy?

Can a traumatic experience push someone with potential psychopathic tendencies into full blown psychopathy?

PTSD.: Post-traumatic stress disorder is a strong impetus for mental illness, both in those predisposed to such and in those who are not. In the context you mentioned, intense psychological counseling and perhaps medications may be helpful for someone so suffering. ...Read more

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