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08-06-2007, 05:10 AM
There are questionnaires that can be used as tools to screen for and diagnose dissociative disorders. Two of the most common are the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D). These can provide a more accurate diagnosis than is possible for most psychiatric illnesses. But only when administered by a professional who has been trained in their use, and who is prepared to consider dissociative disorders. Some people, who have been in contact with mental health services for years, have made astounding progress once dissociative distress was recognised and treated.

It’s also important to bear in mind that other cultures may have a different view of these symptoms. Dissociative states are a common and accepted feature of cultural activities or religious experience in many non-Western societies.