Introduction to Dissociative Disorders

What you’ll learn to do: examine and explain dissociative disorders

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In this section, you will learn about the differences between dissociative fugue, dissociative amnesia, depersonalization/derealization, and dissociative identity disorder. You will consider possible reasons for how these conditions develop (exploring possible underlying causes such as trauma or sleep issues). Each one of these disorders has a unique presentation of symptoms.

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