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Re: Alexandra? How are things going? Dinah

Posted by alexandra_k on February 13, 2004, at 17:10:08

In reply to Alexandra? How are things going?, posted by Dinah on February 12, 2004, at 17:08:58

Hello. Haven't been around for a bit because of the big move back to NZ. Good on you for getting the test - thats the kind of thing I'd do!!! Actually there are a couple of others as well, the dissociative experiences scale and there is one that is supposed to differentiate DID from other dissociative disorders and all other psych. disorders (is that the one you have got? I can't remember what it is called). It is reprinted in the back of Colin Ross' book on the treatment of DID (which is fairly interesting). Trouble is that it is based on self report and it pretty much asks you if you think you have DID or not. Eg. one of the questions is 'do you believe that there are many people associated with your body' - or similar and so you need to have decided how you want to see your symptoms before the test can tell you what to make of them. Apparantly it never turns up a false positive though a negative can be in error. Of course the sceptics maintain that the test is a load of BS.

Thanks to everyone for responding to my posting. I am indeed planning on moving to the states half way through next year though I think that student health coverage may not be adequate for me to get appropriate treatment whether I have BPD or DID or both. The places I want to apply to don't have clinical programmes so there isn't cheap student healthcare. Its supposed to be a 6-8 wk program for exam stress etc, not treatment for 'pervasive' disorders...

Anyway, how did you manage to pick up a test??? I thought they were restricted to those with the credentials to administer them?? I have access to the psychological testing library here - might see what they have, though they seem to focus on boring stuff.... (though intelligence tests are kinda fun..).




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