Dissociative Identity Disorder Of The Paleolithic Era

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Dissociative Identity Disorder

Jorge Marquez

Abnormal Psychology

Professor Mackenzie

It is quite unfortunate that many psychological disorders are not known out there. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) being one of them. Of course, this disorder is said to have been discovered a long time ago. However, it was not seen as it is today. A few decades ago, most disorders were not even known how to be treated. Several before that, disorders weren’t even the first thing on people’s mind when they noticed some sort of abnormality in someone they’ve known or met. In fact, there is evidence that there are paintings that could potentially suggest DID was present in the Paleolithic era. The paintings consisted of shamans that changed into animal forms or spirits. It was also often confused with the idea that demonic possession was the most rational way to explain such an abnormal behavior (A History Of Dissociative Identity Disorder, p. 1). As time progresses, more and more information is being discovered about this interesting yet devastating disorder. So what is Dissociative Identity Disorder? According to the DSM V, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is the disruption of identity characterized by two or more distinct personality states. It then states that “disruption in identity involves marked discontinuity in sense of self and sense of agency, accompanied by related alterations in affect, behavior, consciousness, memory, perception,

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