A general practice screen for dissociative disorders


Media descriptions, popular magazine articles, novels and television programs, dissociaparticularly talk shows, present a variety of human conditions to the public. These accounts are often portrayed to represent the general condition when, in fact, they represent highly stylized, idiosyncratic variations of a general class. Over the last ten years, many accounts of dissociative somedisorders, most specifically multiple personality disorder (MPD), have been presented in the media in exactly that sensationalizing fashion. The public, as well as many mental health practioners, have been inundated with largely believable, but exceptionally rare, accounts of how patients with these disorders function, (e.g., what they are like in their day to day living and how they are likely to present themselves in treatment). These conditioned descriptions lead inadvertently to unrealistic expectations about how to recognizesignsand symptoms that would lead to an accurate diagnosis of dissociative disorders.






David Fenstermaker

Original Work Citation

Fenstermaker, D. (1991, December). A general practice screen for dissociative disorders. EMDR Network Newsletter, 1(2), 13-17



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