Chapter 14

Dissociative Experiences

Set B

Epilepsy

A disorder of the nervous system characterized either by mild, episodic loss of attention or sleepiness or by severe convulsions with loss of consciousness.

Generalised Amnesia

A failure of recall that encompasses the person’s entire life, and such individuals may suddenly report to police stations or to hospitals as a result of this disorientation.

False Recovered Memories of Trauma

The recovery of repressed childhood memories of trauma that did not actually occur.

Localised Amnesia

When an individual is unable to recall events that occurred during a specific time period (e.g. memory loss for a period of 2 days following a serious car accident).

Psychoanalysis

An influential psychological model of psychopathology based on the theoretical works of Sigmund Freud.

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

A dissociative disorder characterised by the individual displaying two or more distinct identities or personality states that take turns to control behaviour (formerly known as multiple personality disorder).

Host Identity

The identity that existed before the onset of dissociative identity disorder.

Hypnotherapy

A form of therapy undertaken while the client is hypnotised.