Childhood Abuse Related Dissociative Disorders (CARDD) Education Initiative


I. Mission Statement

The Childhood Abuse Related Dissociative Disorders Education Initiative (CARDD) aims to increase the public’s understanding and awareness of these disorders, educate about treatment options, and reduce stigma surrounding trauma and dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).


Ii. Overview

Childhood Abuse Related Dissociative Disorders and related conditions are debilitating and costly. People who suffer from CARDD are more likely to experience co-occurring psychiatric conditions and deleterious health outcomes. They are at increased risk for suicide and access treatment at disproportionately high rates.

 Unfortunately, CARDD are often overlooked and undertreated in medical and psychiatric settings due to stigma, lack of screening, insufficient training and limited patient education. Inaccurate media portrayals further exacerbate stereotypes and stigma.

We are building a team of experts and key stakeholders including representatives from patient populations, researchers, providers, payers, policy makers and the media. Our goal is to reduce stigma surrounding CARDD by:

  • Conducting and publishing the results of cutting-edge research

  • Developing and disseminating accurate information about CARDD and DID

  • Addressing and influencing how the media portrays CARDD

  • Influencing legislation and policy

Additionally, we plan to establish a platform on which we will disseminate our research findings, treatment guidelines, and online resources about CARDD for patients, caregivers and providers.