Dissociative Identity Disorder

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My topic of choice for this research paper is Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID. This appellation is rather new; therefore, most are more familiar with the disorder's older, less technical name: Multiple Personality Disorder or MPD. When first presented with the task of selecting a topic on which to center this paper, I immediately dismissed Dissociative Identity Disorder (which for the sake of brevity will be referred to as DID for the remainder of this paper) as a viable topic due to the sheer scope of the disorder. However after an exhaustive examination of other prospective topics, I found myself back at my original choice. There are several reasons why I chose DID. The foremost of which is the widespread fascination of this…show more content…
The experience is processed in a way that breaks up the pieces of the event into differing states of consciousness. Damaging though it may be, this dissociation is a rather effective defense mechanism. For this reason, frequently even long after the traumatizing circumstances have ended, the dissociation remains.

1 Definition derived from http://www.healthubs.com/dissociative/
What are the symptoms of DID? After much research I have prepared a list of what I feel are to be the most common symptoms of DID. The symptoms that require further explanation are explained to the right. They are listed in order of incidence and are as follows:

§ Amnesia: (memory or time loss) DID amnesia usually manifests itself as large gaps in childhood memories.

§ Switching: This is the term used when one personality ‘comes out' to replace another. This appears to be a sudden and obvious change in mood, behavior, or even appearance of the sufferer. This usually occurs when the sufferer is presented with an anxiety-producing situation.

§ Voices: DID sufferers often complain about hearing voices in their heads. These "voices" are actually the alters'.

§ Headaches: Severe headaches are common. Note: these headaches are unresponsive to pain killers.

§ Suicidal tendencies

§ Headaches: Headaches which are hard to treat with normal painkillers, and are caused by the internal pressures from the other "alters"

§ Depressions and Panic Attacks: that
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