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Doctor insights on: Dissociative Disorder Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of a dissociative disorder?

What are the symptoms of a dissociative disorder?

Loss of awareness: Dissociation is basically a loss of connection between different parts or aspects of your self. So you might feel that you are disconnected from your physical self (see yourself from a distance, feel disconnected from your body), or in an extreme form of dissociation, you might feel that there is more than one personality. ...Read more

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I have a dissociative disorder and my psych is trying to take me off olanzapine but it's worsening my symptoms, what can be done?

I have a dissociative disorder and my psych is trying to take me off olanzapine but it's worsening my symptoms, what can be done?

Can use another med: In dissociative disordered patients, sometimes it is necessary to use antipsychotic medications, especially if a component of the underlying ptsd is a psychosis. People with did can have organic hallucinations from the trauma of the ptsd along with the so-called pseudo-psychosis of the other inner voices representing the other personalities who can also experience the psychosis when meds stop. ...Read more

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What is dissociative disorder?

What is dissociative disorder?

Dissociative DO: Is a form of identity disorder where there there is breakdown of memory, identity, awareness or perception. Is caused by psychological traumas. Types are: dissociative amnesia, depersonalization do, dissociative fugue & did. Is prevalent in @10% population. ...Read more

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Are people of every age at risk for dissociative disorder?

No: Dissociation is a defense that generally starts due to trauma before age 5. It is impossible to create a person with a dissociative disorder after the age of 16, and likely 13. ...Read more

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What can cause dissociative episode or dissociative disorder?

What can cause dissociative episode or dissociative disorder?

Dissociative DO: Traumatic childhood experiences are mostly cited at the root of these disorders. ...Read more

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Any good dissociative disorder programs/ hospitals?

Any good dissociative disorder programs/ hospitals?

Contact Univ hosp: McLean Hospital a Harvard Medical School Affiliate is a good start. They may know of other programs in your city. ...Read more

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After fugue (dissociative disorder) would you regain your memories?

After fugue (dissociative disorder) would you regain your memories?

Depends upon ego : If the person has a strong ego, they may be able to recall under hypnosis or using ideomotor signaling what exactly occurred during the fugue state. If the person does not have enough personality strength, their mind may not allow access to the memories, especially if especially painful or disgusting to the host personality. ...Read more

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Can a Dx of dissociative disorder get confused for schizoaffective disorder? Are the two similar?

Can a Dx of dissociative disorder get confused for schizoaffective disorder?  Are the two similar?

They can be confused: These are two very different diagnoses, but can be confused as they share similarities. Dissociative Disorder is a disconnection from reality and lack of continuity of thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions or identity. Usually a protective reaction to psychological trauma. Schizoaffective Disorder is a mood disorder, e.g. Depression or Bipolar, with psychoses such as hallucinations/delusions. ...Read more

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Dx'd with a dissociative disorder today, started with trauma at age 3. Dr. Said it wasn't extreme. Where can I learn more info online? Confused...

Dx'd with a dissociative disorder today, started with trauma at age 3. Dr. Said it wasn't extreme. Where can I learn more info online? Confused...

Dissociative D/O's: There are several types of dissociative disorders, but they have in common a basic unconscious self-protective process of disconnection from, or lack of connection of experiences usually connected with each other. Dissociated experiences are not integrated into one's usual sense of self, resulting in discontinuities in conscious awareness. A start: http://www.Isst-d.Org/default.Asp?Contentid=13. ...Read more