Dissociative Identity Disorder And Multiple Personality Disorder

1384 Words Dec 1st, 2014 6 Pages
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID for short and popularly known as multiple personality disorder) is one of the more fascinating and simultaneously terrifying of the formal mental disorders. Probably due in part to DID’s fantastic, almost unbelievable nature, it is also one of the more controversial disorders that has been formally included in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). In the most recent DSM, DSM-5, the signature criteria for DID is the “disruption of identity characterized by two or more distinct personality parts… (that) may be observed by others, or reported by the patient” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). This disorder manifests as an individual displaying distinct and often radically incompatible personalities that have no awareness of one another. More than anything else, the controversial and bizarre nature of the disorder rendered it irresistible not to explore and study further in an attempt to understand why it happens, how it happens, how it is identified, and how it might be treated.
An article done by Acta Psychiatricta Scandonavica shows the symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and how they are affected by varying levels of stress. The symptoms include; An inability to recall or remember important events or facts that previously occurred, and the presence of one or more identity or personality (Stiglmayr, 2008). Also, at least two of these personalities or identities states repeatedly take control…
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