The ENIGMA-Dissociation Working Group aims to establish neuroimaging biomarkers for dissociation. The main focus will be on disseminating neurostructural and neurofunctional biomarkers for pathological dissociation within the Dissociative Disorders. However, research results are indicative of a dissociation severity continuum rather than a dichotomous divide between dissociative disorders (DD) and, for example, the trauma- and stressor-related disorders including posttraumatic tress disorder (PTSD). PTSD and DD are closely related and share a trauma-related aetiology. Approximately 30% of PTSD cases suffer from dissociative symptoms, such as depersonalisation and derealisation and are referred to as the dissociative subtype of PTSD. Pathological dissociative symptoms are present in other DSM-5 disorders as well, such as in depression and borderline personality disorder. Therefore, this Working group is interested in investigating dissociative symptoms within the Dissociative Disorders and to implement a Cross Disorders approach.
ENIGMA-Dissociation is chaired by Dr A.A.T. Simone Reinder (King's College London, UK) and co-chaired by Drs Milissa Kaufman and Lauren LeBois (McLean Hospital, MA USA).
The ENIGMA-Dissociation Working group is in the starting up phase and is seeking members. Please contact the working group chair, Dr A.A.T. Simone Reinders (a.a.t.s.reinders@kcl.ac.uk) on how to join and more information.



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