Trauma Induced Dissociative Disorders
Dissociative disorders are trauma induced physiological disorders that interrupt or cause the breakdown of memory, awareness, identity, and / or perception. Dissociation describes a wide variety of behaviors that allows a person to become detached from his or her physical or emotional reality. When a person has a dissociative disorder, his or her use of dissociation is both pathological and involuntary. Dissociative disorders are primarily thought to be caused by psychological trauma.
There are five different types of dissociative disorders:
- Depersonalization Disorder: A person experiences periods of detachment from the self and all surroundings, while still understanding that the detachment is just a feeling and not reality.
- Dissociative Amnesia: Amnesia caused by an emotional trauma.
- Dissociative Fugue: The individual physically abandons familiar surroundings and has difficulties recalling the past. This condition sometimes leads to confusion about one's identity, occasionally resulting in the adoption of a new one.
- Dissociative Identity Disorder: A person alternates between two or more distinct personalities, and is unable to recall important information between personalities.
Since dissociative disorders appear to be triggered by trauma, treatments usually involve therapy as well as a combination of psychosocial and pharmacological treatments. There are no known cures for dissociative disorders, but long-term therapy treatments can be quite successful at managing symptoms. If you or a loved one suffers from a dissociative disorder as a result of a trauma caused by another, you may be entitled to compensation.
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