Dissociative Identity Disorder

(Multiple Personality Disorder)

By: Tyler Staten

Dissociative Identity Disorder

“Dissociative Identity disorder or “Multiple Personality Disorder is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in and alternately take control of an individual.”


How do you get this disorder?

This disorder overtime has become controversial because it cannot be linked directly to any psychological effects of a substance or of any general medical conditions. It has also become more common over time.


Symptoms

Along with the split or multiple personalities, symptoms of this disorder are depression, mood swings, suicidal tendencies, sleep disorders, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, compulsions and rituals, hallucinations, and eating disorders. Other symptoms of dissociative identity disorder may include headache, amnesia, time loss, trances, and out of body experiences.


Treating this disorder

While there's no cure for dissociative identity disorder, long-term treatment is very successful, if the patient stays committed. Effective treatment includes talk therapy or psychotherapy, medications, hypnotherapy, and adjunctive therapies such as art or movement therapy.


A little more about Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder is a disorder characterized by identity fragmentation rather than a proliferation of separate personalities.

Dissociative Identity Disorder reflects a failure to integrate various aspects of identity, memory and consciousness in a single multidimensional self. Usually, a primary identity carries the individual's given name and is passive, dependent, guilty and depressed. \When in control, each personality state, or alter, may be experienced as if it has a distinct history, self-image and identity.


Sources

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"Multiple Personality Disorder." Serendip Studio. Serendip Studio, n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2014.