Dissociative Disorder NOS Symptoms

(Also Known As: Dissociative Symptoms, Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified Symptoms, Dissociative Disorder Symptoms, Disassociation Disorder Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Dissociative Disorder NOS?

The dissociative disorder NOS seriously affects the general functioning of an individual and can be the cause of problems at school, work, home, or even in different relationships. Below are the common symptoms of dissociative disorders:

  • Memory loss
  • Mental heath problems like depression and anxiety
  • Experience of detaching from oneself or depersonalization
  • Feeling of distorted reality or derealization
  • Blurred sense of identity

The symptoms of dissociative disorders are also recognized with some other mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. 10

Other symptoms that are seen in major dissociative disorders are the following:

  • Dissociative amnesia
    • A person with dissociative amnesia might develop depersonalization, but identity change will not occur.
    • Extreme forgetfulness or memory loss without physical or neurological condition
    • Sudden-onset amnesia that is followed by a stressful event like a car accident, death of loved one, etc.
  • Dissociative identity disorder
    • This disorder, which is also known before as multiple personality disorder, includes all the major dissociative symptoms and is the most severe from all kinds of dissociative disorders. 11
    • A person with dissociative identity disorder will usually also experience symptoms or may also include dissociative amnesia.
    • Changing identities into one or more, when under a stressful situation, which has dissimilar names, thoughts, characteristics, gender, voice, and even physical features.
    • Hearing one or more people talking to you
  • Dissociative fugue
    • A person with fugue episode may experience symptoms that might last only for a few hours, although it can extend many months for unusual cases. 12
    • Traveling away from residence that is unplanned
    • Forgetting personal information and creating a new identity in a new location
    • Unable to remember past events
    • Severe distress and problems with daily functioning
  • Depersonalization disorder
    • This disorder is usually linked with sleep deprivation or use of drugs and is also prevalent with people who are in college. 13
    • Feeling of being outside of oneself
    • Perceived deformation of the size and shape of patient’s body or other people and object that surrounds the patient.
    • Feeling that the world is unreal
    • Feeling of like a robot or watching themselves from the outside
    • Feeling of numbness

Could You Have Dissociative Disorder NOS?

Dissociative Disorder NOS Topics

Related Conditions

Depersonalization Disorder – automation, derealization, dissociation, out of body experience
Dissociative Identity Disorder – two distinct personalities, memory loss, depersonalization, depression