Lipid Levels in Dissociative Disorders

Lower lipid levels, or fatty acids and cholesterol, have been linked to suicide and now are being studied as a possible cause of dissociative disorders.

If the dissociative disorder of multiple personalities was found to be biological instead of a psychological reaction to severe childhood trauma and abuse would the findings be embraced or ignored? Healing dissociation with diet instead of endless years of expensive psychotherapy and inpatient hospitalizations would drastically change the landscape of dissociative identity disorder and its treatment.

The Psychology Industry and Big Pharma stand to lose in this scenario because most patients in treatment for multiple personalities are on medication to alleviate symptoms, but there is no medication to control the disorder.

Will high-powered psychiatrists who are members of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association embrace this breaking science knowing they will sacrifice income for patient wellness? You decide.



Publisher: Psychiatric Quarterly, April 2014


Although there are several data suggesting a link between lower lipids levels and the risk of suicide, there are few data concerning lower lipids levels in patients with dissociative disorders (DD). This is the first longitudinal study investigating the evolution of the lipids levels during a specific 8 weeks of psychodynamic psychotherapy (PP) for patients with DD. 32 patients diagnosed with DD (SCID for DSMIVR) were assessed with Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES), Clinical Global Impression and Improvement Scale and their lipids levels (total cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein, low-density lipoprotein and very low density lipoprotein) were measured at inclusion and after 3 and 8 weeks of PP. 30 patients finished the study. There is a significant positive (p < 0.05) link between lower lipids levels (total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerids) and a higher level of dissociation (DES scores) at the beginning and at the end of the study. Interestingly, we found a significant (p = 0.018) positive link between the reduction of the dissociation (DES) and the increase of the triglycerides levels after 8 weeks of treatment. While lower lipids seems related to a higher level of dissociation before and after the treatment, an increasing triglycerides level was observed after 8 weeks of PP in patients with a better outcome. Further studies are needed with larger samples and control groups, in order to confirm these preliminary data. These findings could open the way for hypothesis about the role of lipids in the pathophysiology of DD and raise the question of the patients with DD receiving antilipidemiants agents.

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retrieved 04-09-14

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