Classification of dissociative states in DSM-III-R and ICD-10 (1989 draft). A study of Indian out-patients.

P S Das , S Saxena

Abstract

When 42 cases of primary dissociative states from India were classified according to DSM-III-R and ICD-10 criteria, DSM-III-R was found to be unsatisfactory, with 40 (95.2%) cases receiving a diagnosis of dissociative disorder not otherwise specified. The majority fit well into simple dissociative and possession disorders. ICD-10 was found to be more satisfactory, with 36 (85.5%) patients fitting into specific subcategories, which, however, need to be defined and described more explicitly.