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D that dissociation symptoms are a response to distress, and he can learn more adaptive distress regulation in therapy.
We suggested using written measures (such as the DES) and clinical interview protocols (such as the DDIS and the SCID-D-R) as tools for determining whether some student clients might be experiencing dissociation symptoms and even a dissociative disorder along with their more common presentations of anxiety, mood, and psychotic symptoms, as well as substance use concerns.
In the following case study, the clinical constellation of the patient nicely illustrates that her dissociative defenses began as a Conversion Disorder and how, after a mishandling of the case by a clinician, her dissociation symptoms were instantly transformed in a typical Dissociative Amnesia Disorder.