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Dissociative Disorders

Listed below are key web pages about Dissociative Disorders. We encourage you to explore these and also to connect with your state or local National Federation of Families affiliate if you need support, information or resources or are concerned that your child/youth may be experiencing symptoms of a Dissociative Disorder.

Dissociative Disorders are characterized by an involuntary escape from reality resulting from disconnection from a person's own thoughts, memories, feelings, actions or sense of who they are. They are understood to be closely connected to traumatic experiences.


There are three major Dissociative Disorders: Dissociative Amnesia, Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder) and Depersonalization-Derealization Disorder. Learn more below.

Dissociative Disorders from the APA

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) provides both an overview of Dissociative Disorders and specific information about each diagnosis.

An Infinite Mind

An Infinite Mind is a non-profit organization that supports survivors of trauma-related dissociation. They have a substantial list of recommended books and other resource materials for people who experience Dissociative Identity Disorder and for clinicians who treat it.

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation offers information on complex trauma, dissociation and dissociative disorders for health professionals, teachers and school staff, and the general public.

Sidran Institute
Sidran Institute provides information about trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, and co-occurring mental health challenges. On their website you’ll find resources for individuals, loved ones, professionals, students, and more.

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