If you are like me and been told that you have dissociative disorder not otherwise specified (DDNOS), the first thing you want to do is find out everything you can on the subject.
A Diagnoses of DDNOS means:
A dissociate disorder – Not Otherwise Specified is a disorder that includes a dissociative symptom (i.e., a disruption in the usually integrated functions of consciousness, memory, identity, or perception of the environment) that does not meet the criteria for any specific Dissociative Disorder. DDNOS includes variants of Dissociative Identity Disorder in which personality “states” may take over consciousness and behavior but are not sufficiently distinct, and variants of Dissociative identity disorder in which there is no amnesia for personal information. Other forms of DDNOS include possession and trance states, Ganser’s syndrome, derealization unaccompanied by depersonalization, dissociated states in people who have undergone intense coercive persuasion (e.g., brainwashing, kidnapping), and loss of consciousness not attributed to a medical condition.
Important Note: Often a diagnosis of dissociative disorder not otherwise specified may evolve into another dissociative disorder if left untreated.
The following is the Dissociative Spectrum and where DDNOS falls on it
Now we know what it is and that it is important to get help for it. So I start to look for more information and come up with very little. As most of you know that have DDNOS, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), has way more information on it out there. The interesting thing is the combination of PTSD-DDNOS is the most frequent diagnosis in survivors of childhood abuse. You would think with this being the case there would be more information on it.
If any of you have more that you’d like to share I’d appreciate it.