PSYCH 2AP3 Lecture 7: dissociative disorders.

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Two or more distinct personality states; marked discontinuity in sense of self; alternations in affect, behaviour, consciousness, memory, perception, cognition, and/or sensory-motor functioning as reported by the individual or others. Recurring gaps in the recall of events, personal information, and/or traumatic events that is inconsistent with ordinary forgetting. Symptoms cause clinically signi cant distress or impairment in important areas of functioning. Disturbance not part of a broadly accepted cultural or religious practice, and (in children) not due to imaginative play. Disturbance not due to effects of a substance or other medical condition. Only 77 cases between 1791 and 1962. 8 did cases in 1944-19970; 36 from 1970-1979. 100 did cases in treatment in 1982. Alters may have speci c roles, situations in which they appear. 50% of cases have 10 or more alters. Sense another person existing inside - 90% Persona inside has different name - 71% Blank spells, time distortion, lapses - 68%

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