Mental Health: Diagnosis and Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Nadia Whittome Nadia Whittome Labour, Nottingham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people are able to access diagnosis or treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Dissociative Identity Disorder is an uncommon diagnosis, partly because some psychiatrists are unsure it is a mental health condition in and of itself at all, and partly because dissociation is a symptom present in a number of conditions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, severe mental health problems such as psychosis, and ‘personality disorder’, where trauma has played a significant role.

Under the NHS Long Term Plan, new and integrated models of primary and community mental health care will give 370,000 adults and older adults with serious mental illnesses, including psychosis and ‘personality disorder’ where disassociation is a symptom, greater choice and control over their care and support them to live well in their communities by 2023/24.

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