Multiple Personalities Disorder

By: Jen F. & Edith G.

Characteristics

  1. Schizophrenia
  2. Bipolar Disorder
  3. Epilepsy
  4. Asperger Syndrome



  • Most people report sexual/physical abuse throughout their childhood.
  • The different personalities are sometimes unaware of each other in chaotic lives.
  • Some people have more than 100 personalities.


Symptoms and Cause

  • Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Suicidal
  • Sleep Disorders (night terrors, sleep walking)
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Time loss
  • "Out of body experiences"


Most say the cause is from a severe trauma ad/or extreme repetitive abuse. It's their defense mechanism against overwhelming trauma. 95-98% of the cases were due to child abuse

Self-harm

Some people with MPD are violent to others, but most act violently towards themselves. They can be prone to injuring themselves or even trying to commit suicide.Between 34%- 80% of patients with MPD self harm.

Self-injury in all its forms, including accident-proneness or a tendency to be victimized again in abusive relationship, may actually constitute screen memories of abuse or symbolic memories that a person is using to keep abusive memories out of consciousness. Repeatedly hurting one-self is a way of not having to remember the original hurt. Self-wounding may also be an unconscious repetition of past abuse in an attempt to make sense of a dim but haunting memory...The amnesia that many self-injurers have fortheir destructive behavior may be related to the return of memories from which they have disconnected. Since emotional pain of the returning memories is overwhelming, the person enters a trancelike state in an effort to keep them blocked. Self-injurers often say that they 'find themselves' with cuts, scratches, or burns on their bodies...(Steinburg, p. 43).Stranger in the Mirror

Facts