Dissociative Identity Disorder

What is dissociative identity disorder?

Dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder, is a condition in which your identity splits into two or more (sometimes up to 100) distinct personalities.

Causes of dissociative identity disorder

The cause of this disorder is not entirely understood. However, it is often seen in patients who have been sexually or physically abused, especially in childhood. There is also sometimes a connection between this disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.

Symptoms of dissociative identity disorder

If you have dissociative identity disorder, at least two of your identities or personality states regularly take control over your own identity. Each personality may exhibit its own distinct history, self-image, behaviors and physical characteristics, as well as possess a separate name.

You may have gaps in your memory or personal history due to these switches in identity. Along with these main symptoms, you may feel depressed and/or anxious. You may also experience visual hallucinations.


Treatment of dissociative identity disorder

The primary treatments for dissociative identity disorder is long-term psychotherapy, along with cognitive and creative therapies. Although there are no medications that specifically treat this disorder, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs or tranquilizers may be prescribed to help control the mental health symptoms associated with it.

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