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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 44-48

Dissociative disorders: Reinvention or reconceptualization of the concept?

Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India

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Dr. Nitin Gupta
Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh - 160 030
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_40_18

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“Dissociative disorders” have existed since antiquity, but the concept has undergone major transformations over time. The presence of different theoretical explanations; lack of consensus regarding nosological status; inconclusive evidence with respect to relationship with trauma; and lack of clear evidence of the presence of neurophysiological disturbances are reflections of the fact that there is still lack of clarity with regard to classification of dissociative disorders. Notwithstanding these caveats, there have been significant advances in these areas in recent times, which have contributed to better understanding of dissociative disorders. The current write-up attempts to provide an insight into the evolution of the concept over time, related controversies, and the current nosological debate regarding dissociative disorders.

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