A study of 40 patients with schizophrenia diagnoses and 40 patients with dissociative identity disorder (DID) found that “neither phenomenological definitions of dissociation nor the current generation of dissociation instruments (which are uniformly phenomenological in nature) can distinguish between the dissociative phenomena of DID and what we suspect are just the dissociation-like phenomena of schizophrenia.” The study further found similarity between the experiences of hearing voices in both disorders. Results were published in the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation online on June 2, 2012.
Laddis, A. Dell, P.F; “Dissociation and Psychosis in Dissociative Identity Disorder and Schizophrenia.” Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, July, 2012; 13(4): 397-413
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