Dissociative Identity Disorder
Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as Multiple Personality Disorder is an illness in which there is a presence of at least two clear personality states known as alters, which may have different reactions, emotions, and body functioning.
What are the signs and symptoms of DID?
• Lapses in memory - life events like birthdays, weddings or birth of a child
• Having blackouts in time, resulting in finding oneself in places but unable to recall how he or she travelled there
• Often accused of lying when they do not believe they are lying, for instance being told of things they did but do not recall
• Finding items in one's possession but unable to recall how those things were acquired
• Being called names that are completely unlike their own name or nickname
• Not recognizing themselves in the mirror
• Feeling unreal
• Hearing voices inside their head that are not their own
• Feeling as though they are watching themselves move through life rather than living their own life
• Feeling like more than one person
Research indicates that people with DID have an opportunity for living a well adjusted life if they receive comprehensive treatment. This disorder is generally diagnosed nine times more often in females than in males. There are no specific test for DID. Mental health professionals perform a mental health interview, ruling out other mental disorders and refer the client for a medical evaluation to further rule out physical cause for symptoms.