Essay on Dissociative Identity Disorder

800 WordsOct 29, 20084 Pages
Dissociative Identity Disorder Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities or personality states are present in, and alternately take control of an individual. People who suffer from DID often have no recollection of what they have done or said while under the influence of the alternate personalities. Friends, family, and the person with the disorder often have a hard time dealing with DID, because of the sporadic nature of the personalities. DID is a serious disorder that affects a person’s long-term and short-term memory, their own identity, and their self-control. There are many different symptoms of DID, such as multiple personalities, frequent gaps in memory, and even some…show more content…
The goal of the therapy is to deconstruct the alternate personalities and uniting them into one. The therapist tries to make contact with as many of the personalities as possible in order to gather an understanding of their roles and functions in the person’s life. They try to make contact with the personalities that may be violent or self-destructive tendencies a priority. Another goal of the therapist is to set up communication between the personalities in order to retrieve traumatic memories from the past. Other treatments include cognitive and creative therapies. Treatment is generally as an outpatient, but inpatient treatment may be used to achieve specific goals. An individual diagnosed with DID usually goes through three to five years of treatment, though a complex case may require six or more years of therapy to be stabilized and unite their personalities (Stephens, L. 2007). There is still controversy over the legitimacy of patients diagnosed with DID. Many doctors feel as though there are not many true cases of DID that are not contaminated, and they say you can trace the sudden rise in DID diagnosis back to 1957 and the release of the book The Three Faces of Eve. The uncritical embracing of the DID diagnosis by a large number of mental health professionals is also another reason why some feel that there are not many straight cases of DID. They feel as though DID is a socially
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