Deconstructing the DSM-5: Assessment and diagnosis of dissociative and trauma and stressor-related disorders
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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.