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Dissociative Disorder NOS Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Dissociative Diagnosis, Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified Diagnosis, Dissociative Disorder Diagnosis, Disassociation Disorder Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Dissociative Disorder NOS Diagnosed?

A person who has shown dissociative symptoms can be diagnosed with any of the four types of dissociative disorders, which are dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, depersonalization disorder and dissociative identity disorder. However, if the symptoms experienced by the patient did not meet any of the criteria of these four types, it can be confirmed that the patient has dissociative disorder NOS as a diagnosis.

When a person or a patient is suspected to have dissociative disorder, the diagnosis will be based on the personal history of the patient. Memory loss can be due to some head traumas, other psychological diseases, and sleep deprivation, while a feeling of being unreal might be due to some intoxication or substance use. So, to be able to diagnose properly, the doctor will perform tests, such as x-rays and a blood test to rule out certain diseases or physical conditions. There is no laboratory test to diagnose any particular dissociative disorders. Some medical professionals may use hypnosis or medication to diagnose dissociative identity disorder because this will help the doctor recognize alternate personalities or identify memories that might lead to develop dissociative symptoms. 14

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Related Conditions

Depersonalization Disorder – automation, derealization, dissociation, out of body experience
Dissociative Identity Disorder – two distinct personalities, memory loss, depersonalization, depression