Alternate Explanations for Dissociative Symptoms

I don’t agree or disagree with this article but am pleased that researchers are looking into alternative reasons for the development of dissociative disorders other than childhood sexual abuse.

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Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2014 Mar 19. pii: S0163-8343(14)00073-5. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2014.03.010. [Epub ahead of print]

Dissociative disorder due to Graves’ hyperthyroidism: a case report.

Mizutani K1, Nishimura K2, Ichihara A3, Ishigooka J1. Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan.

Abstract

We report the case of a 20-year-old Japanese woman with no psychiatric history with apparent dissociative symptoms. These consisted of amnesia for episodes of shoplifting behaviors and a suicide attempt, developing together with an exacerbation of Graves’ hyperthyroidism. Patients with Graves’ disease frequently manifest various psychiatric disorders; however, very few reports have described dissociative disorder due to this disease. Along with other possible causes, for example, encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroid disease, clinicians should be aware of this possibility.

 

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