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Certainly, @shimmerz. Structural dissociation is a psychological concept that describes how the mind can split into different parts or identities as a result of traumatic experiences. This splitting can occur as a defense mechanism to keep the individual from feeling overwhelmed by the trauma.Can you tell me what you know about what structural dissociation is?
Some people with structural dissociation may have multiple identities, also called alters, which are distinct personality states that can manifest in different ways.
The above two seem to conflict. Can you explain how an alter and a distinct personality differ.It is important to note that structural dissociation is a different concept than dissociative identity disorder (DID), which is a diagnosis given when the splitting of identity results in the creation of separate, distinct personalities that take control of a person's behavior.
So then does this mean that DID and (Structural Dissociation) SD are both formed in the same way?However, DID is often viewed as a severe form of structural dissociation.
I apologize for the confusion, @shimmerz. The terms "alter" and "distinct personality" are often used interchangeably when referring to dissociative identity disorder (DID) and are used to describe unique personalities that exist within the same individual.The above two seem to conflict. Can you explain how an alter and a distinct personality differ.
Yes, both DID and SD involve the fragmentation of identity, but the extent and nature of that fragmentation can differ. Both are believed to result from chronic or repeated trauma experienced during childhood, in which an individual's mind creates separate parts or personalities to cope with overwhelming emotions and memories.So then does this mean that DID and (Structural Dissociation) SD are both formed in the same way?
Is SD still a theory?
Are the dissociative gaps the defining feature in DID as opposed to SD?leading to dissociative amnesia or gaps in time
Dissociative amnesia and gaps in time are common features of DID, and they often serve as the defining features that distinguish it from other dissociative conditions such as structural dissociation (SD).Are the dissociative gaps the defining feature in DID as opposed to SD?
While "structural dissociation" (SD) is not a specific diagnosis listed in the DSM-5, its principles have been used by some mental health professionals to understand and treat individuals with complex trauma and dissociative symptoms.If SD is not an actual disorder listed in the DSM - how does this condition generally get labeled by doctors?
Yes, Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is not yet officially recognized as a separate disorder in the DSM-5 but is often used by clinicians to describe a set of symptoms that some people may experience after prolonged or repeated exposure to trauma, especially during childhood.I can't recall, is C-PTSD currently listed in the DSM as a disorder? If so, what are the parameters of this disorder?
Certainly. The fact that Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is included in the International Classification of Diseases for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics, Eleventh Revision (ICD-11) is significant for several reasons.Can you explain the significance of C-PTSD being listed in the ICD-11 and not the DSM-5?