Dissociative Disorders

WK9 NRNP 6665 ASSIGN

Week 9: Dissociative Disorders

Have you ever been driving and realized you don’t remember the last few minutes of driving? Or have you gotten so wrapped up in a book or movie that you lose some awareness of your surroundings? These are examples of common and very mild dissociation, or a disconnect or lack of continuity between thoughts, feelings, actions, and sense of self.

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There are three major dissociative disorders defined in the DSM-5: dissociative identity disorder, dissociative amnesia, and depersonalization-derealization disorder. Dissociative disorders may be associated with traumatic events in order to help manage difficult memories or experiences. Patients with these types of disorders are likely to also exhibit symptoms of a variety of other dysfunctions, such as depression, alcoholism, or self-harm and may also be more susceptible to personality, sleeping, and eating disorders.

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This week, you will analyze issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders as well as associated legal and ethical considerations.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

· Analyze issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders

· Analyze legal and ethical considerations related to dissociative disorders

 

Learning Resources

 

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)

 

Sadock, B. J., Sadock, V. A., & Ruiz, P. (2015). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry (11th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.

· Chapter 12, “Dissociative Disorders”

 

Required Media (click to expand/reduce)

 

 

Osmosis. (2017, November 20). Dissociative disorders – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/XF2zeOdE5GY

 

Mad Medicine. (2019, August 18). Dissociative disorders (Psychiatry) – USMLE Step 1 [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/Iz03M9pwhs0

 

Grande, T. (2018, October 22). The dissociative identity disorder controversy (Trauma vs. Iatrogenic). [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqTP0CP9aDk

 

 

Assignment: Controversy Associated With Dissociative Disorders

The DSM-5 is a diagnostic tool. It has evolved over the decades, as have the classifications and criteria within its pages. It is used not just for diagnosis, however, but also for billing, access to services, and legal cases. Not all practitioners are in agreement with the content and structure of the DSM-5, and dissociative disorders are one such area. These disorders can be difficult to distinguish and diagnose. There is also controversy in the field over the legitimacy of certain dissociative disorders, such as dissociative identity disorder, which was formerly called multiple personality disorder.

In this Assignment, you will examine the controversy surrounding dissociative disorders. You will also explore clinical, ethical, and legal considerations pertinent to working with patients with these disorders.

 

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To Prepare

· Review this week’s Learning Resources on dissociative disorders.

· Use the Walden Library to investigate the controversy regarding dissociative disorders. Locate at least three scholarly articles that you can use to support your Assignment.

The Assignment (2–3 pages)

· Explain the controversy that surrounds dissociative disorders.

· Explain your professional beliefs about dissociative disorders, supporting your rationale with at least three scholarly references from the literature.

· Explain strategies for maintaining the therapeutic relationship with a client that may present with a dissociative disorder.

· Finally, explain ethical and legal considerations related to dissociative disorders that you need to bring to your practice and why they are important.

 

 

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In 2–3 pages, address the following: • Explain the controversy that surrounds dissociative disorders.–

Excellent 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)

Good 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)

Fair 11 (11%) – 11 (11%)

Poor 0 (0%) – 10 (10%)

• Explain your professional beliefs about dissociative disorders, supporting your rationale with at least three scholarly references from the literature.–

Excellent 23 (23%) – 25 (25%)

Good 20 (20%) – 22 (22%)

Fair 18 (18%) – 19 (19%)

Poor 0 (0%) – 17 (17%)

• Explain strategies for maintaining the therapeutic relationship with a client that may present with a dissociative disorder.–

Excellent 27 (27%) – 30 (30%)

Good 24 (24%) – 26 (26%)

Fair 21 (21%) – 23 (23%)

Poor 0 (0%) – 20 (20%)

• Finally, explain ethical and legal considerations related to dissociative disorders that you need to bring to your practice and why they are important.–

Excellent 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)

Good 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)

Fair 11 (11%) – 11 (11%)

Poor 0 (0%) – 10 (10%)

Written Expression and Formatting – Paragraph Development and Organization: Paragraphs make clear points that support well-developed ideas, flow logically, and demonstrate continuity of ideas. Sentences are carefully focused—neither long and rambling nor short and lacking substance. A clear and comprehensive purpose statement and introduction are provided that delineate all required criteria.–

Excellent 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Good 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Fair 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Poor 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Written Expression and Formatting – English writing standards: Correct grammar, mechanics, and proper punctuation–

Excellent 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Good 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Fair 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Poor 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Written Expression and Formatting – The paper follows correct APA format for title page, headings, font, spacing, margins, indentations, page numbers, parenthetical/in-text citations, and reference list.–

Excellent 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Good 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Fair 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Poor 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Total Points: 100

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