Dissociative Disorder NOS

Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS) is diagnosed when a person has certain symptoms of a dissociative disorder, but does not necessarily match the criteria completely for any one disorder. Dissociative Disorder NOS includes the loss of control over mental processes, awareness, memory, identity, personality, perception, physical connection to reality, et cetera.

Symptoms of Dissociative Disorder NOS:

  • Disconnection from environment
  • Disconnection from identity or personality
  • Amnesiac states such as in Dissociative Amnesia
  • A feeling of being in a dream like state or in a movie
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • May also exhibit mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder
  • Out of ordinary wandering or traveling
  • Loss of certain memories or awareness of self
  • A sense of “absence”

Causes of Dissociative Disorder NOS

Because Dissociative Disorder NOS is not a fully encompassing diagnosis, it can be hard to determine where exactly the disorder came from. Most dissociative disorders are caused by traumatic experiences or overwhelming psychological stress. They can also run in families, but usually are the result of some difficult event that causes the affected person to dissociate as a kind of defense or coping mechanism. Often, dissociative disorders develop after child abuse, or experiencing/witnessing a horrible event. In this way, it becomes a tangential form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Treatment for Dissociative Disorder NOS

Treatment for Dissociative Disorder NOS can come in a variety of forms. It’s important to seek help from a therapist because their professional background will help them decipher the root of the problem, then help them determine the best solution. Typically, dissociative disorders are treated with some form of psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and possibly medication. Also, because Dissociative Disorder NOS may be in conjunction with other disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, it’s important to treat all existing conditions for the best result in overcoming dissociation.

What Should You Do?

If you are dealing with Dissociative Disorder NOS in your personal life or if you would like to help a loved one through a dissociative disorder, it’s important to seek help from a professional. While the treatment options are not necessarily distinct, you will be better off in the care of somebody who spends their life helping others overcome psychological problems, versus trying to treat yourself or living a life you feel is empty. It is highly recommended that a person suffering from a dissociative disorder relies on the support and help from loved ones and family members, just as it is vital for family and friends to be the support of someone they know is going through a bout of dissociation. Thorough communication and attention can help the affected person sort out the source of their problem and lead a healthy life again.

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