Dissociative Disorders
Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative Disorders

by Helen Farrell, MD

Dissociative disorders are characterized by the afflicted person experiencing an involuntary feeling of disconnection from their thoughts, actions, memories, identity, and surroundings. Such disorders usually develop as a reaction to trauma, helping to keep difficult memories at bay. Specific symptoms depend in part on the type of dissociative disorder. Times of stress can temporarily worsen symptoms, making them more obvious. Treatment for dissociative disorders may include talk therapy (psychotherapy) and medication. Although treating dissociative disorders can be difficult, many people learn new ways of coping and lead healthy, productive lives.

Course Details

  • Videos 13
  • Duration 1:12 h
  • Quiz questions 53
  • Concept Pages 10


Your Educators of course Dissociative Disorders

 Helen Farrell, MD

Helen Farrell, MD

Dr. Helen M. Farrell is a board-certified psychiatrist and works in private practice in Boston MA. She obtained her MD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2006. Dr. Farrell served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for over a decade, during which time she was an award-winning lecturer.

Due to her achievements, she is well-published in the field of psychiatry and forensic psychiatry and has appeared as an expert witness in court. She also delivered the TEDx Talk, “Creating Hope for Mental Health” in 2015 and has since contributed to multiple TED-Ed videos on mental health, which have over 30 million collective views.

Within Lecturio, Dr. Farrell teaches courses on Psychiatry.

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Uptodate and beautifully explained
By Masood M. on 15. December 2021 for Somatization

Uptodate and beautifully explained. Providing contrast between primary and secondary gain.

Awesome Lecture
By Mah M. on 03. July 2021 for Dissociative Disorders

Thanks to Dr Farrell, I finally got a handle on this. I am very happy with the course content and quality of the work put in. Thanks

Great lecture
By Mah M. on 03. July 2021 for Dissociative Fugue

I love her lectures. Her speech is deliberate, well-paced, easy to understand her content, even when it is complex material.

By Cyrus T. on 21. May 2020 for Dissociative Disorders

The subjects are clearly and concisely presented. Can’t be better