69) A dissociative reaction is typically triggered by environmental stimuli that mimic the environment in which the original stressors were experienced by the sufferer.
For PTSD sufferers whose crimes occurred during a dissociative reaction, this second prong may be slightly preferable to the narrower M'Naghten rule, simply because it provides a jury with an alternative way to find the defendant insane.
This self-report, 10-item questionnaire (5-point scale) assesses dissociative reactions
that took place during the traumatic event.
(eg, flashbacks) in which the individual feels or acts as if the traumatic event(s) were recurring
Friedman and his colleagues also might add degree of distress and functional impairment as well as dissociative reactions
, to the criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The two characteristic features of most dissociative reactions
are a disturbance of the self-identity of an individual, and/or a disturbance of the individual's memory (Putnam, 1985).
Rather, her dissociative reactions
and defenses appear to be a way that she used to psychologically escape from an intolerable family situation, where she was overwhelmed by her parents exigencies and overprotection.