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Hats 06-20-2005 12:51 AM

Medical Diagnosis: Possession Trance
 
Medical Diagnosis: Possession Trance
Physicians Diagnosis Manual:

DSM IV, section 300.14, pp 486-487, and i quote, "the diagnosis of
dissociative identity disorder takes precedence over dissociative amnesia,
dissociative fugue, and depersonalization disorder. individuals with
dissociative identity disorder can be distinguished from those with trance
and possession trance symptoms that would be diagnosed as dissociative
disorder not otherwise specified by the fact that those with trance and
posession trance symptoms typically describe external spirits or entities
that have entered their bodies and taken control."
Just for clarification, this means that generally a person with
trance/trance possession symptoms would be classified as DDNOS, but not all
DDNOS diagnosis are of trance/trance possession. Its just the "catch-all"
that "not otherwise defined" dissociative experiences are placed under.

Guidelines for Treatment of Dissociative Disorders (MPD), is
located > http://www.issd.org/isdguide.htm. Referring you to
Chapter or Section V, pasted below, but first the copyright notice:

Copyright 1994, 1997, by the International Society for the Study of
Dissociation. These guidelines may be reproduced without the written
permission of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation
(ISSD) as long as this copyright notice is included and the address of
the ISSD is included with the copy. Violations are subject to prosecution
under federal copyright laws. Additional copies of the guidelines (US $5
for members, $10 for nonmembers) can be obtained by writing to the ISSD at
4700 W. Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025-1485 USA.

Section V. The Patient's Spiritual and Philosophical Issues

Like other victims of trauma by human agency, DID patients may struggle
with questions of moral responsibility, the meaning of their pain, the
duality of good and evil, the need for justice, and basic trust in the
benevolence of the universe. When patients bring these issues into
treatment, ethical standards for the various professional disciplines
specify the need to conduct treatment without imposing one's own values on
patients. Although patients may experience certain personalities as demons
and as not-self, therapists should approach exorcism rituals with extreme
caution. Exorcism rituals have not been shown to be an effective treatment
for DID, have not been shown to be effective for "removing" alternate
personalities, and have been found to have deleterious effects in two
samples of DID patients that experienced exorcisms outside of
psychotherapy. Exorcism rituals may provide a way for some patients to
rearrange images of their personality systems in a culturally syntonic
manner. Education and coordination between therapist and clergy can be
helpful in ensuring that patients' religious and spiritual needs are
addressed.

Dissociation Website: http://www.dissociation.com

Revised Treatment Guidelines: http://www.issd.org/indexpage/isdguide.htm



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