Dissociative disorders

Dissociative disorders involve breakdowns or disruptions in memory, awareness, perception or identity. More specifically, dissociation is caused by a deficit in the physiological process of integrating different mental functions that results in the isolation of a series of conscious levels. In clinical terms, dissociative disorders can be divided into the following categories: dissociative or psychogenic amnesia, dissociative fugue, dissociative identity disorder, depersonalization disorder, and unspecified dissociative disorders.