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Am J Psychiatry. 1997 Jun;154(6):832-9.

Two-year follow-up of inpatients with dissociative identity disorder.

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  • 1University of Texas at Arlington, TX, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

A group of 135 inpatients with dissociative identity disorder was followed for 2 years to monitor treatment outcome.

METHOD:

Fifty-four of the patients were located and reassessed after a 2-year period through the use of the same self-report measures and structured clinical interviews that had been initially administered.

RESULTS:

The patients showed marked improvement on Schneiderian first-rank symptoms, mood and anxiety disorders, dissociative symptoms, and somatization, with a significant decrease in the number of psychiatric medications prescribed. Patients who were treated to integration were significantly more improved than those who had not yet reached integration.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings, although preliminary, provide empirical validation of previous clinical impressions that patients with dissociative identity disorder may respond well to treatment.

PMID:
9167512
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.154.6.832
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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