Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
(Multiple Personality Disorder)
What is DID?
Dissociative identity disorder (DID), also known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct identities or dissociated personality states that control a person's behavior, and is accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness. DID is one of the most controversial psychiatric disorders with no clear consensus regarding its diagnosis or treatment. Research on treatment effectiveness still focuses mainly on clinical approaches and case studies.
What are the causes and risks of DID?
What are the signs of DID?
How can you prevent DID?
As stated above, the cause of DID is not really exact. However, it is most likely that it comes from some sort of childhood trauma, such as being physically, emotionally or sexually abused. If a child has gone through a traumatic event, doctors encourage the parents or guardians to take the child to seek medical health so he or she can learn healthy coping mechanisms.
What is the treatment for DID?
There are a couple different ways to help treat DID, such as:
-psychotherapy: this helps DID individuals improve their relationships with others
-hypnosis: this helps them to learn more about their personality states in hopes of gaining better control over those states
-medication: this helps to manage the emotional symptoms of DID
Society on DID
DID has been a popular topic in many books, TV shows and movies.