Commentary on “Dissociation and Psychosis in Dissociative Identity Disorder and Schizophrenia” (Laddis & Dell)

@article{Moskowitz2012CommentaryO,
  title={Commentary on “Dissociation and Psychosis in Dissociative Identity Disorder and Schizophrenia” (Laddis \& Dell)},
  author={Andrew Moskowitz},
  journal={Journal of Trauma \& Dissociation},
  year={2012},
  volume={13},
  pages={414 - 417}
}
  • Andrew Moskowitz
  • Published 31 May 2012
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Andreas Laddis and Paul Dell are to be congratulated for publishing a ground-breaking research study comparing persons diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID) and schizophrenia on the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID) (Laddis & Dell, this issue). This study illuminates important differences between the two disorders on overall dissociation scores and on many dimensions of dissociation, demonstrating the MID’s utility for both research and clinical purposes… 

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