A review of dissociation and dissociative disorders

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1994 Dec;28(4):591-9. doi: 10.1080/00048679409080782.


There has been an explosion of activity concerning dissociation and dissociative disorders overseas, but little interest is apparent in Australian psychiatric publications. This article aims to critically examine the current conceptualisation of dissociation and its proposed relevance to the understanding of psychopathology, in order to create discussion about these issues in Australian psychiatry. Multiple personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are critically examined.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arousal
  • Dissociative Disorders / diagnosis
  • Dissociative Disorders / psychology*
  • Dissociative Disorders / therapy
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder / diagnosis
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder / psychology
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder / therapy
  • Humans
  • Prognosis
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychotherapy
  • Repression, Psychology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy