Shatter the myths of dissociation - a debilitating psychological condition that affects over 30 million people globally - with Dr. Marlene Steinberg, author of THE STRANGER IN THE MIRROR: DissociationThe Hidden Epidemic. Now, for the first time, professionals and lay readers alike can learn valuable guidelines for identifying, treating, recovering from, and ultimately understanding this often confusing condition involving feelings of disconnection from one's self.

Dr. Steinberg is the originator of The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D), the breakthrough diagnostic test that allows therapists worldwide to diagnose dissociative disorders based on rigorous scientific testing. She has also authored The Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide, a resource for therapists offering systematic guidelines for assessing dissociative symptoms and disorders.

Are you among the millions of people who have suffered from dissociative symptoms, and they have caused you inner pain and interfered with work or relationships? You can learn more about whether your symptoms are nothing to worry about, or would benefit from professional help.
If you or a member of your family suffers from dissociation, you can have access to professionals who are trained in the latest advances in diagnosing and treating dissociative disorders.

If you are a mental health professional and want to gain specialized knowledge in the diagnosis of dissociation using The Structured Clinical Interview for Dissociative Disorders-Revised (SCID-D-R), become familiar with the resources that are available.



Dear Friends,

Welcome! I hope that the resources provided in this site will lead to greater awareness about dissociative disorders, as well as alleviate any unfortunate suffering experienced by either you or your loved ones due to misdiagnosis.

Whether you have survived abuse in the home, or a traumatic experiences such as rape, combat, random acts of violence, or extraordinary horrors such as the Holocaust or other wartime imprisonment, there are universal ways in which people dissociate in order to cope with severe trauma. Thanks to a series of significant scientific advances, we can now identity and treat the symptoms of dissociation as accurately as we can anxiety, depression, and other psychological problems.

My book THE STRANGER IN THE MIRROR: DissociationThe Hidden Epidemic is the story not only of these scientific advances, but also the hundreds of trauma survivors whom I have had the privilege of working with over the past eighteen years. Their extraordinary stories provide insight into how we often respond to trauma-and inspiration for overcoming it.

It is my sincere hope that the knowledge of these important advances can and will prevent years of misdiagnosis and ineffective treatment, and thus allow for recovery from trauma at the earliest possible stage.


Marlene Steinberg, M.D.

"The Stranger in the Mirror renders the complex field of dissociative disorders understandable to professional and lay readers and provides surprisingly fresh ways of understanding them. Dr. Steinberg's extensive experience with diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders shines through in each chapter. Therapists can recommend The Stranger in the Mirror to their dissociative disorder patients with utter confidence in its accuracy and helpfulness. [It] is the best, clearest, and most accurate basic work on dissociation to appear in over a decade."
      Elizabeth S. Bowman, M.D.
      Professor of Psychiatry
      Indiana University School of Medicine

"Finally, individuals suffering with traumatic symptoms are empowered! Dr. Marlene Steinberg has shattered the wall of therapeutic silence concerning the proper diagnosis and treatment of abuse survivors. Her compassionately written book is a must read not only for individuals with trauma-based disorders, but for anyone who has survived a traumatic or very stressful experience."
      Dr. Pamela Hall
      Founder and President
      NJ Chapter, International Society for the Study of Dissociation

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