Dissociative Disorder

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Dissociative Disorder


Dissociative disorder is condition that involve either disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity, or perception.

There are a few options for synonyms of "dissociative disorder," depending on the context:

  • General term: Dissociation (This refers to the mental process itself, not a specific disorder)
  • Informal term (associated with Dissociative Identity Disorder): Split personality (This term is outdated and can be stigmatizing, so it’s best to avoid it in clinical settings)
  • For specific disorders:
    • Dissociative amnesia: There aren’t widely used synonyms for this specific disorder.
    • Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder: Depersonalization-derealization syndrome


  • Dissociative identity disorder (DID) was previously called multiple personality disorder (MPD). This term is no longer used in the medical community.

It’s important to be aware of the context when using synonyms for dissociative disorders. In general, using the specific clinical term (dissociative amnesia, DID, etc.) is most accurate.

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Dissociative disorder is condition that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity, or perception.

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  • Long-term physical, sexual or emotional abuse
  • Develop as a way to cope with trauma
  • Stress of war or natural disasters
  • Memory loss (amnesia)
  • Depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts
  • Sense of being detached from yourself
  • Perception of the people and things around you as distorted and unreal
  • Blurred sense of identity
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