Dissociative Identity Disorder And Symptoms

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This paper explores 3 references. A website about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), a book about this disorder and a couple of people who suffer from it, and a magazine article about one person that has experienced DID. This research discusses what DID is, it symptoms, what cause it, and two people that had/have this disorder.

Dissociative Identity Disorder and Symptoms

Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously called multiple personality disorder, is a severe form of separation. It is the most dramatic, least common, and most controversial dissociative disorder (King, 2012, p.569). Individuals that suffer from this disorder have more than one distinct personality, or identity. One of the identities is dominant, each identity takes over at different times. One identity may or may not be aware of the other, if someone has more than two, the identities may be aware of only certain others or none at all. If a situation is thought to be too violent, traumatic, or painful to assimilate with their main personality, the person with dissociate themselves and switch to another identity.

Each personality has its own memories, relationships, and behaviors.Usually memories do not transfer across identities, therefore the individual has amnesia and can not explain things that their other identity did. People may find themselves doing things they do not normally do, but they can not stop themselves from doing it, they believe they have no choice. The switch between…
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