People with a dissociative disorder are at increased risk of complications and associated disorders, such as:
- Suicidal thoughts and attempts
- Sexual dysfunction, including sexual compulsions or avoidance
- Alcoholism and drug use disorders
- Depression and anxiety disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Personality disorders
- Sleep disorders, including nightmares, insomnia and sleepwalking
- Eating disorders
- Severe headaches
Dissociative disorders are also associated with major difficulties in personal relationships and at work. People with these conditions often aren't able to cope well with emotional or professional stress, and their dissociative reactions — from tuning out to disappearing — may worry loved ones and cause people at work to view them as unreliable.
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