Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorders are a group of mental conditions characterized by breakdowns in the person’s awareness of their identity, causing disruptions to their memories and perceptions. There is an involuntary dissociation from reality usually caused by psychological trauma. It is a defensive reaction to stressful conditions.

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Also known as disintegrative psychosis or Heller's syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD) is a rare condition in which children develop normally until age 3 or 4 and then intellectual, social, communication, and other skills will deteriorate or be... Read more about Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Depersonalization Disorder

The Diagnostics and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) includes depersonalization disorder as one of the dissociative disorders. These illnesses involve the separation of identity, perception, memory, and consciousness. It is a condition where an individual feels like a stranger to themselves. It involves a persistent or recurring feeling of detachment from one’s body. The Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) classifies depersonalization disorder as a rare disease. This... Read more about Depersonalization Disorder

Dissociative Amnesia

Dissociative amnesia is a condition where there is a pervasive memory loss involving personal information which does not result from medical trauma, such as traumatic blow on the head, but rather due to a disturbance on recalling personal information caused by traumatic and stressful experience that is too extensive to be explained by a simple case of... Read more about Dissociative Amnesia

Dissociative Disorder NOS

A dissociative disorder NOS (Not Otherwise Specified) is a disorder which is characterized by dissociative symptoms, such as a disturbance in the typically integrated functions of consciousness, memory, identity, or perception and these disruptions may be abrupt or slow, transient or chronic. Dissociation is the detachment of memories or thoughts from reality and usual... Read more about Dissociative Disorder NOS

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a severe form of dissociative disorder which involves an individual taking on multiple personalities. Eventually, these identities will take control of the individual. Even though this personality disorder is not a result of direct psychological effects of a drug or general medical condition, this rare form of disorder has become quite common... Read more about Dissociative Identity Disorder