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Depersonalization Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Dissociative Disorder Diagnosis, Dissociative Diagnosis, Chronic Depersonalization Disorder Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Depersonalization Disorder Diagnosed?

In diagnosing depersonalization disorder, the doctor checks the medical history of the patient. Aside from a physical examination, the sufferer will be required to undergo blood and urine examinations to eliminate possibilities of the disorder being caused by epilepsy, medicinal complications, or recent experiences of sleep deprivation. 4

In order to determine whether an individual is suffering from dissociative disorder, there are several diagnostic questionnaires that can be asked. The most common method for evaluating dissociation is the Dissociative Experience Scale or DES. In diagnosing depersonalization disorder that is different from dissociative illnesses defined in DSM-IV, the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV or SCID-D is commonly used. This method involves semi-structured interviews involving open ended questions that allow the patient to provide details about their depersonalization experiences. 5

Aside from SCID-D, the Depersonalization Severity Scale (DSS), a six-item questionnaire, is designed to discriminate depersonalization disorder from other dissociative or post-traumatic conditions, as well as to measure the effects of treatment among patients.

In addition, doctors diagnose depersonalization disorder based on the symptoms. Physical examinations and other tests are conducted to eliminate possibilities that other illnesses may have contributed to the systems. Other common methods of treatment include magnetic resonance imaging, urine test for drug abuse, and electroencephalography.

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