Dissociative Identity Disorder ( Mpd )

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Running Head: DISOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER 1 Abstract “Dissociative identity disorder (DID), which was formerly known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is a disorder in which an individual has the presence of two or more identities or personality states” (Pais 2009, pg.1). Throughout this paper the reader will be provided with information regarding Dissociative Identity Disorder; a disorder that is truly as unique, and complicated as the human mind. Reading this paper will help the audience grasp a better understanding of how and why such a complicated disorder can occur, by focusing on topics such as; prevalence, controversial issues, symptoms, side-effects and treatment options. Prevalence Though it is commonly unheard of, Dissociative Identity Disorder is not as rare as one would assume. Researchers argue the prevalence rate for DID is nearly the same as for Schizophrenia. With about 10% of the population suffering from this disorder only as few as 1% of them are actually diagnosed (Forner, 2009). The lack of biological and physical evidence supporting Dissociative Identity Disorder has left psychologist to rely on intense concentration and clinical skills to comprehend the origins of the disorder. Though each individual diagnosis of DID is completely unique to the person, psychological professionals have found reoccurring themes amongst patients. The central
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