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Dissociative Disorders: Comparison

There are four dissociative disorders: Dissociative Amnesia, Dissociative Fugue, Depersonalization Disorder and the Dissociative Identity Disorder. These disturbances are characterized by profound alterations of consciousness and memory. A person's sense of identity and his/her perception of reality are impaired.

I need help locating a professional website that discusses dissociative disorders. (such as www.apa.org, www.counseling.org, www.mayoclinic.com or www.nami.org). Then I need to compare and contrast two of the dissociative disorders. How would you cope with a loss of memory or identity? What insights does the source located provide?

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Dear Student,

Hello and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. But first, let us talk about how best to tackle the problem. You are being asked to choose 2 dissociative disorders and compare and contrast them by doing a bit of research as well as giving an opinion from your own view in ways of coping. Additionally, you are being asked to review the source you will be using. Not to worry, this is an easy enough task. To ensure you include all concerns, you must work using an outline. I suggest thus:

1. Introduction - what is the discussion about, 50 words.
2. On disorder 1 - discuss disorder 1, 100 words.
3. Disorder 2, discuss same, 100 words.
4. Similarities and differences between the 2, about 100 words.
5. Your views in coping, 100 words.
6. Your opinion of the source, 50 words.

Altogether, this should be about 500 words, a short essay. Now, which website should you choose? It's really up to you. I have shown you below how this can be done. I have chosen to utilize some of the websites you listed but there are some available research publications that provide more in-depth discussion that can used as well. I have also listed them in the Resources below. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorders are disorders that involve the breakdown of memory and awareness, affecting notions of self and identity as well as perception. It is called dissociative because those diagnosed with it utilise the phenomenon known as dissociation, a manner of detaching one's self from the environment for the purpose of coping with the stresses that can otherwise 'break' the subject. Dissociation is a form of a pathological and involuntary defense mechanism. It is believed that psychological trauma is the cause behind dissociative disorders. It is believed that there are primarily 4 dissociative disorders - Dissociative ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides resources that can be used to explore dissociative disorders (see above). It also provides a suggested outline for a paper that compares and contrasts dissociative amnesia to dissociative fugue. A sample narrativce that follows the outline then provides detailed information that compares and contrasts these 2 dissociative disorders.