Title

Deconstructing the DSM-5: Assessment and Diagnosis of Dissociative and Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Originally Published In

Counseling Today

Volume Number

57

Issue Number

1

Page Numbers

12-15

Abstract

According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), “Dissociative disorders are frequently found in the aftermath of trauma, and many of the symptoms, including embarrassment and confusion about the symptoms or a desire to hide them, are influenced by the proximity to trauma” (page 291). For this reason, the dissociative disorders are a “neighboring” diagnostic category with the trauma and stressor-related disorders in the new manual chapter sequencing. The DSM-5 dissociative disorders chapter contains dissociative identity disorder, dissociative amnesia, depersonalization/derealization disorder and other specified dissociative disorder.