dissociative disorder test: Are you dissociative?

1 minute Screening Test for Dissociative  Disorder: Dissociative Experiences Scale

Please note this is just for fun and not a diagnosis just a way of learning about the symptoms of DD.

Dissociative disorder test

This questionnaire consists of twenty-eight questions about experiences that you may have in your daily life.

We are interested in how often you have these experiences. It is important, however, that your answers show how often these experiences happen to you when you are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

To answer the questions, please determine to what degree the experience described in the question applies to you, and circle the number to show what percentage of the time you have the experience. 0%  is never and 100%  is always

  1. Some people have the experience of driving or riding in a car or bus or subway and suddenly realizing
    that they don’t remember what has happened during all or part of the trip.

0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

2. Some people find that sometimes they are listening to someone talk and they suddenly realize that they did not hear part or all of what was said.

0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

3. Some people have the experience of finding themselves in a place and have no idea how they got there.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

4. Some people have the experience of finding themselves dressed in clothes that they don’t remember putting on.

0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

5. Some people have the experience of finding new things among their belongings that they do not remember buying. Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.

0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

6. Some people sometimes find that they are approached by people that they do not know, who call them by another name or insist that they have met them before. Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you

0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

7. Some people sometimes have the experience of feeling as though they are standing next to themselves or watching themselves do something and they actually see themselves as if they were looking at another person. Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.

0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

8. Some people are told that they sometimes do not recognize friends of family members. Circle the number
to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

9. Some people find that they have no memory for some important events in their lives (for example, a wedding or graduation). Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.

0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

10. Some people have the experience of being accused of lying when they do not think that they have lied.
Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

11. Some people have the experience of looking in a mirror and not recognizing themselves. Circle the
number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

12. Some people have the experience of feeling that other people, objects, and the world around them are
not real. Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

13. Some people have the experience of feeling that their body does not seem to belong to them. Circle the
number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

14. Some people have the experience of sometimes remembering a past event so vividly that they feel as if
they were reliving that event. Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

15. Some people have the experience of not being sure whether things that they remember happening
really did happen or whether they just dreamed them. Circle the number to show what percentage of the
time this happens to you. 0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

16. Some people have the experience of being in a familiar place but finding it strange and unfamiliar. Circle
the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

17. Some people find that when they are watching television or a movie they become so absorbed in the
story that they are unaware of other events happening around them. Circle the number to show what
percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

18. Some people find that they become so involved in a fantasy or daydream that it feels as though it were
really happening to them. Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

19. Some people find that they sometimes are able to ignore pain. Circle the number to show what
percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

20. Some people find that they sometimes sit staring off into space, thinking of nothing, and are not aware of
the passage of time. Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

21. Some people sometimes find that when they are alone they talk out loud to themselves. Circle the
number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

22. Some people find that in one situation they may act so differently compared with another situation that
they feel almost as if they were two different people. Circle the number to show what percentage of the time
this happens to you. 0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

23. Some people sometimes find that in certain situations they are able to do things with amazing ease and
spontaneity that would usually be difficult for them (for example, sports, work, social situations, etc.).
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

24. Some people sometimes find that they cannot remember whether they have done something or have
just thought about doing that thing (for example, not knowing whether they have just mailed a letter or have just thought about mailing it).
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

25. Some people find evidence that they have done things that they do not remember doing. Circle the
number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

26. Some people sometimes find writings, drawings, or notes among their belongings that they must have
done but cannot remember doing. Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to
you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

27. Some people sometimes find that they hear voices inside their head that tell them to do things or
comment on things that they are doing.
to you. 0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

28. Some people sometimes feel as if they are looking at the world through a fog, so that people and objects
appear far away or unclear. Circle the number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%

Your score

Add up your score and then divide by 28

(My Score is 820 / 28 = 29.2%)

Mean DES Scores Across Populations for Various Studies

  • General Adult Population 5.4%
  • Anxiety Disorders 7.0%
  • Affective Disorders 9.35%
  • Eating Disorders 15.8%
  • Late Adolescence 16.6%
  • Schizophrenia 15.4%
  • Borderline Personality Disorder 19.2%
  • PTSD 31%
  • Dissociative Disorder (NOS) 36% – 48%

Items from the DES for Each of the Three Main Factors of Dissociation:

Amnesia Factor: This factor measures memory loss, i.e., not knowing how you got
somewhere, being dressed in clothes you don’t remember putting on, finding new things among
belongings you don’t remember buying, not recognizing friends or family members, finding evidence
of having done things you don’t remember doing, finding writings, drawings or notes you must have
done but don’t remember doing. Items — 3, 4, 5, 8, 25, 26.

Depersonalization/Derealization Factor: Depersonalization is characterized by the recurrent
experience of feeling detached from one’s self and mental processes or a sense of unreality of the
self. Items relating to this factor include feeling that you are standing next to yourself or watching
yourself do something and seeing yourself as if you were looking at another person, feeling your
body does not belong to you, and looking in a mirror and not recognizing yourself. Derealization is
the sense of a loss of reality of the immediate environment. These items include feeling that other
people, objects, and the world around them is not real, hearing voices inside your head that tell you
to do things or comment on things you are doing, and feeling like you are looking at the world
through a fog, so that people and objects appear far away or unclear.
Items — 7, 11, 12, 13, 27, 28.

Absorption Factor: This factor includes being so preoccupied or absorbed by something that you
are distracted from what is going on around you. The absorption primarily has to do with one’s
traumatic experiences. Items of this factor include realizing that you did not hear part or all of what
was said by another, remembering a past event so vividly that you feel as if you are reliving the
event, not being sure whether things that they remember happening really did happen or whether
they just dreamed them, when you are watching television or a movie you become so absorbed in
the story you are unaware of other events happening around you, becoming so involved in a fantasy
or daydream that it feels as though it were really happening to you, and sometimes sitting, staring
off into space, thinking of nothing, and being unaware of the passage of time.
Items — 2, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20.