A group of conditions where one’s identity, history, and/or perception are disrupted or otherwise compromised. The four types of dissociative disorder listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) are dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, dissociative identity disorder, and dissociative depersonalization disorder.
Example: In the movie Sybil, Sally Field portrays a young woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder, more commonly known as “multiple personality disorder”.
Grinnell, R. (2008). Dissociative Disorders. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 30, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2008/dissociative-disorders/