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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 100-104

Individuals having cerebral palsy with tertiary structural dissociation: A preliminary report

Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Hong Wang Fung
Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

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DOI: 10.4103/2395-4264.204406

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Cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the most common childhood physical disabilities and often requires various treatments. The experience of living with CP and receiving early-life medical treatments could be psychologically traumatic and stressful. Previous studies found that psychological problems are not uncommon among individuals with cerebral palsy. However, the comorbidity of CP and tertiary structural dissociation of the personality (TSDP) is an unaddressed topic in the field and has just been brought into the literature recently. TSDP is the extreme form of posttraumatic psychopathology, and its typical clinical example is the DSM-5 dissociative identity disorder. This paper provides a preliminary report of four patients with comorbidity of cerebral palsy and TSDP. This complicated comorbidity might be a new challenge in the field and more attention to it is needed. Further investigations of this comorbidity are necessary. Some implications for research and practice are discussed.

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