Dissociative Identity Disorder

Natasha Dixon, Mrs. Rayner, HSP3U0

Definition

Its a severe condition where two or more distinct identities or states of personality are present within the human psyche. The person may often alternate and take control over the hosts emotions and actions. The may also experience memory loss during the time this occurs.

What is DID?

It is a condition classified by “identity fragmentation” rather than the separation of multiple personalities . It does not occur due to reactions to substance or drug, or psychological effect .Diagnosis for citizens has always been a controversial topic

Past and Current Stigmas

In the past, DID was formally referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder until 1994. The name was changed to reflect the condition, not the person. It is now characterized by fragmentation, or splintering of identity. One stigma behind DID is that patients can be easily hypnotized.

Symptoms

When two or more distinct personalities (often deny the other one). The amount of identities that can be current in the human psyche at a time can range from 2 - 100. At least two of the identities recurrently taking control over the persons psyche . Other symptoms are:

  • self destructive or aggressive behavior may take place
  • visual or auditory hallucinations may occur
  • gaps have been found in memory loss
  • diagnosis has always been a controversial to personality history like people

Finding The Way Learning Centre

Mental Health services available for ages 2 and up. The min language they serve , is in English. The main area that they service is Toronto

Statistics

Canadian Mental Health Association, Durham Ontario


  • nine times more females then men receive therapy for DID
  • 97% of the citizens who have DID have been physically or sexually abused
  • and individual with DID develops an average of 13-18 personalities
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Treatment

Primary treatment for DID is long term psychotherapy with the goal to deconstruct the different personalities and identify them. Other treatments can include cognitive and creative therapy. There are no medications that specifically treat this disorder. Anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs an tranquilizers can be prescribed to help with the symptoms.

Living With Dissociative Disorder (Parents who have DID)

One stigma behind people with DID, is that they cant live and be responsible with their jobs and families, that is false. They an contribute to society in professional , artistic and service-oriented ways. Parenting alone is an extremely difficult job, having to live with the stress of maintaining multiple personalities is very difficult. One difficulty the parent may encounter is that the child may encourage the use of different personalities to tailor to their wants and needs. In the home, there may be inconsistencies in disciplinary codes, rules and memory of daily routines.

Treatment Services Details

People with DID would be admitted into a psychiatric ward or the mental health portion of a local hospital. Before you may be admitted into the hospital it is suggested that you get a referral from a doctor or a psychiatrist . If you are in a situation of crisis, go immediately to the emergency room section of your local hospital. After you have been referred , you will get a psychiatric evaluation completed . After you have been evaluated you will be spoken to by a doctor and admitted into a specific section of the hospital depending on the severity of your current state .

Support Groups

Support groups for people with mental health disorders are available through various ways. One popular way of accessing psychiatric support groups is through the use of social media. Support groups like "DID Support Group Online" offer their services online.