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Question: Are people of every age at risk for dissociative disorders or is it only younger people? I know disorders like schizophrenia mainly affect people in their late teens and early twenties, but does that apply to dissociative disorders as well? Does the severity of the disorder have any correlation to the person's age?

Answer: Dissociative disorders specifically are highly correlated with traumatic events, not age. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most diagnosed Dissociative Disorder. For the diagnosis, there needs to be a traumatic event... which can happen to anyone at any age. Now specific disorders in the classification, mainly Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) are considered only capable of being created as a very young child that has an under-developed psyche. Pretty much, in order for someone to achieve the dissociative level of DID, they have to have severe and extensive trauma before the developmental age of 8 (though we need to note that not every child will respond in this manner). The diagnosis of DID comes later in adulthood when the DID system breaks down (like having their first child triggers flashbacks of their own abusive childhood), but the trauma happens in childhood.

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