Dissociation is a mental process of disconnecting from one?s thoughts, memories, feelings or sense of identity. The dissociative disorders that need professional treatment include, depersonalisation disorder, dissociative fugue, dissociative amnesia, and dissociative identity disorder.
There is an approximate prevalence of 3-6 per 1000 in women, with a lower prevalence in men. Most cases begin before the age of 35 years. Dissociation is unusual in the elderly.
Treatment options are based on case studies, A safe environment, Psychiatric drugs, Hypnosis, Psychotherapy, Stress management, Treatment for other disorders. There are few constructs in psychology that are as misunderstood as those relating to dissociation.