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What is the difference between delusional disorder, and dissociative disorder?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19840points) 2 weeks ago
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Dissociative disorder is the new term for MPD, (Multiple Personality Disorder).

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I’ve never heard of delusional disorder. Delusions are a symptom of other disorders. Dissociative disorder is one in which a person has a break with reality and also loses a grip on their own sense of self.

JLoon's avatar

You’re better off just Googling it Red.

As far as I know none of us here are qualified psychiatrists, and if you’re trying to deal with personal issues random advice from amatuers won’t help.

Good luck.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@JLoon. Just giving a random shot in the dark. The professionals are stumped. Figured that it could not hurt to ask Fluther.

JLoon's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 – Wow, tough situation.

But if your docs can’t figure it out that’s just more reason to look for a practicing specialist.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@JLoon Actually my Dr’s say that I am doing well. Just wondering about the lose ends, and curious about my mental health.

I got one wierd stare when I asked about my time traveling. It’s been 26,500+ years of visions and repeats that can not be diagnosed.

JLoon's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 – Glad you’re getting better. Keep doing what works!

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@JLoon I’m not a psychiatrist, but I’ve worked in mental health for 6 years. I’ve picked up a lot of stuff. @RedDeerGuy1 is doing very well. He does a good job of relying on his doctors and comes here for easily understood snippets of information. I can only give snippets. I have in depth knowledge about only a little.

JLoon's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake – Good to hear.

LostInParadise's avatar

I thought that mental disorders could be divided into two groups. Non-delusional disorders would include depression, anxiety and ocd. Delusional disorders would include schizophrenia and paranoia.

smudges's avatar

Delusional disorder, previously called paranoid disorder, is a type of serious mental illness — called a “psychosis”— in which a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. The main feature of this disorder is the presence of delusions, which are unshakable beliefs in something untrue.

Although delusions might be a symptom of more common disorders, such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder itself is rather rare. Delusional disorder most often occurs in middle to late life.

Hope this helps. From a highly respected source:

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

^thank you

anniereborn's avatar

Dissociative IDENTITY Disorder is the “new” term for MPD. Dissociating is also a symptom all of it’s own, often part of mental illness such as PTSD

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