What is dissociation?

Dissociation is described as disruption or discontinuity in the normal integration of consciousness, memory, identity, emotion, perception, body representation, motor control, or behaviour. Common dissociative experiences include mild forms of absorption, such as daydreaming. Less common and more severe dissociative experiences include amnesia, derealisation, depersonalisation, and fragmentation of identity. Dissociative features may play a role in the pathology of bipolar disorder.

What is the evidence for dissociation symptoms?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests less dissociation in people with bipolar disorder than people with dissociative disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, or conversion disorder.
Similar dissociation scores were found in people with bipolar disorder and people with somatic symptom disorder, substance-related and addictive disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia and other affective disorders.

June 2020

Last updated at: 2:15 am, 27th June 2020
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