Normal amygdala morphology in dissociative identity disorder

Antje A. T. S. Reinders*, Lora I. Dimitrova, Yolanda R. Schlumpf, Eline M. Vissia, Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis, Lutz Jäncke, Sima Chalavi, Dick J. Veltman

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Studies investigating the structure of the amygdala in relation to dissociation in psychiatric disorders are limited and have reported normal or preserved, increased or decreased global volumes. Thus, a more detailed investigation of the amygdala is warranted. Amygdala global and subregional volumes were compared between individuals with dissociative identity disorder (DID: n = 32) and healthy controls (n = 42). Analyses of covariance did not show volumetric differences between the DID and control groups. Although several unknowns make it challenging to interpret our findings, we propose that the finding of normal amygdala volume is a genuine finding because other studies using this data-set have presented robust morphological aberrations in relation to the diagnosis of DID.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere70
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2022

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