Friday, August 15, 2008

Dissociative disorder often persists to adulthood

Dissociative disorder that begins in childhood or adolescence frequently persists into adulthood and is often followed by other psychiatric disorders, according to a report published online in the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health.

Dr. Thomas Jan from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany and colleagues analyzed the long-term clinical outcomes of 27 former patients with juvenile dissociative disorder (two of whom had committed suicide). The average age at onset of dissociative disorder was 12 years old.

According to the researchers, 89 percent of these patients had "recovered or had markedly reduced symptoms" after treatment during childhood. However, at follow-up an average of 12.4 years after the initial diagnosis, 83 percent of the patients "met the criteria for some form of psychiatric disorder."


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