Everything You Should Know about Dissociative Identity Disorder

JenniferLynn

Many people think that DID is linked to multiple personalities, but this is pure hype and a myth created by media. There are many social stereotypes surrounding this disorder, but most of them are false. So, people think that the victim fakes an illness in this case; the reasons may be varied. Not only common folks but even the psychiatrists are divided on this issue. Go through the following document to know more about DID and its treatment options. Get here detailed information: https://www.therapytribe.com/therapy/dissociative-disorder-therapy

Everything

You Should Know about

Dissociative Identity

Disorder

The Basics, The Myths and The Truth


Understanding DID

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Dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID,

is a severe form of dissociation that disconnects a

person from their thoughts, memories, actions and

sense of identity.

This form of dissociation is common associated with trauma, as the

disorder is thought to stem from a victim’s need for escape from their

trauma and pain.


Myth: DID isn’t real

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The common iteration of DID that involves multiple personalities is often

exaggerated in media and many stereotypes exist regarding the disorder.

This leads many to believe that the disorder is simple someone making up an

illness for whatever reason.

Surprisingly, this isn’t just a problem among laymen – medical and psychiatric

professionals are still divided on the validity of DID, or that it is a misdiagnosis

of another psychological problem.

As it stands now, however, DID is real

and many people suffer from dissociations.


Symptoms Related to DID

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One of the biggest symptoms related to DID

• is the existence of split personalities or more than one personality in one

host person. Usually there is the main personality, the original person, and

one or more separate personalities that are created. These separate

personalities are often called “alters.”

• Regardless of the host’s gender, sex, sexuality, race, personality and values,

the alters created within the host may differ wildly in all aspects.


Symptoms Related to DID Cont

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While multiple personalities is the main defining

symptom of DID, there are many other

symptoms that can be found in those with this

disorder.

These symptoms can include:

• mood swings,

• suicidal thoughts and attempts,

• anxiety,

• depression,

• panic attacks,

• triggers,

• headache,

• amnesia,

• time loss,

• compulsions,

• eating disorders,

• psychotic-like symptoms,

• and sleep disorders.


Diagnosing DID

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The diagnosis of DID involves a psychologist

consulting the DSM-5 and going off of their

professional criteria for diagnosing the disorder.

This criteria includes

• two or more distinct

personalities being present,

• amnesia occurring within the

main host,

• distress based on the

disorder,

• disturbance in everyday life

and no other outside

influences being the cause

of the condition (like

alcohol intake or seizure

disorders.)


Myth:

DID and Schizophrenia are the same thing

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This is definitely a myth.

DID involves multiple personalities, while those with

schizophrenia are plagued with chronic psychosis,

hallucinations and delusions.

While both disorder are mental illnesses

and share many sub-symptoms, but the main diagnosis of the

disorders are very different.


Living With DID

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Living with DID can be very disruptive for a

person with the disorder. Often the dissociative

episodes will come suddenly with no warning,

though they can be triggered. This means that

they people with DID can go through their daily

lives having to deal with confusion, time loss,

derealization and amnesia.

While some people who suffer from DID have a certain

consciousness about what their alters do or say, others

have no idea what they’ve done or said while dissociating.


Treating DID

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There is no known cure for DID. However, long-term psychiatric care can be

an effective method of treatment to help keep symptoms and dissociations at

bay.

Forms of therapy that can help are

psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and movement therapy

are all recommended.

There are no exact medications that exist for DID, but because many issues

like depression and anxiety are co-morbid with DID, these medications may

be prescribed to help alleviate other coexisting problems.

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