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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Dissociative Identity Disorder (Overview)

Dissociative identity disorder, previously called "Multiple Personality Disorder", is a condition characterized by marked change in behavior commonly as a response to stress. Individuals with this disorder may have distinctly different personalities, each having their own name, history, and mannerisms.


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What is dissociative identity disorder?

What is dissociative identity disorder?

DID: Did was previously known as "multiple personality disorder." in it, there are 2 or more distinct entities or personality states -- each having its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment & self. At least 2 of these identities recurrently take control of the person's behavior. There's inability to recall important personal info too. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
60 doctors shared insights

Dissociative Identity Disorder (Overview)

Dissociative identity disorder, previously called "Multiple Personality Disorder", is a condition characterized by marked change in behavior commonly as a response to stress. Individuals with this disorder may have distinctly different personalities, each having their own name, history, and mannerisms.


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What are the symptoms of dissociative identity disorder?

What are the symptoms of dissociative identity disorder?

DID (Multiple Person: Also called multiple personality do, is characterized by at least 2 distinct identities that alternately control one's behavior, accompanied by memory impairment for important information, not due to influence of illicit substances or seizures or other medical condition. ...Read more

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If one has a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder for 4 yrs & symptoms worsen during a Lyme disease herx, what should one conclude?

If one has a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder for 4 yrs &  symptoms worsen during a Lyme disease herx, what should one conclude?

DID + Stress = worse: It is highly likely that the state you live in with did is rather stable and you do your best to keep things known, quiet, and "comfortable." illness/trauma or other unpredictable intrusions into this will tend to worsen your symptoms as it unbalances your world. Will likely stay that way unless you get professional psychological help during the crisis while you address the 'new' issue. Good luck! ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have dissociative identity disorder if I voluntarily create another personality?

I need help! How do I know if I have dissociative identity disorder if I voluntarily create another personality?

DID is not voluntary: An essential feature of DID is that the personalities created are not voluntary. Often they are not even aware of each other, and the main conscious personality has no awareness or control of the others. DID is a controversial diagnosis, and there are some therapists who overdiagnose it because of their own personal beliefs. Others do not believe that it even exists. Often, those with DID have histories of extreme abuse. Find a therapist to accurately diagnose you, one who believes in the disorder, but is not over committed to finding it. ...Read more

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What kind of physical symptoms are caused by dissociative identity disorder, like low libido, spacing out unable to hear what people say, memory loss?

What kind of physical symptoms are caused by dissociative identity disorder, like low libido, spacing out unable to hear what people say, memory loss?

These are many: People with dissociation experience many physical sensations. Headaches are extremely common. Abdominal pain is less common but not uncommon. Pain in the vaginal and uterine areas is not uncommon. If the person is still being abused and being hurt by someone, then there can be bite marks, whip marks, bruises from beatings, broken bones, and some things that are simply too gross to describe here. It is important to decide whether the symptoms are occurring in the present or whether they are occurring as a result of memories from the past. This is not always easily done. I have seen women who have spent years in wheelchairs and who have been declared paralyzed, even by some of the most prestigious universities in this country. It never took more than one or two hours of therapy to find the underlying truth of their trauma to free them from the ravages of paralysis. Some of these women were paralyzed for up to 15 years. The list of symptoms is as varied as the human body. I have seen things that i never thought were possible, such as the eyes suddenly darting down into the sockets so that i could only see the whites of the person's eyes. Fortunately in that case i knew the woman's neurologist in the practice right down the hall from you so i immediately brought him in and i asked him if he had ever seen anything like that and he responded "not in a live person. So, your answer is a long one and yet very incomplete. I hope that for you the symptoms are few and that you will thrive even as you relive some of the past that caused you to dissociate in the first place. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any did (dissociative identity disorder) treatments?

Can you tell me any did (dissociative identity disorder) treatments?

Rare, complex: Because it's rare and complex it is not as easy to aim a single particular technique at it. Best would be an experienced psychotherapist with broad eclectic talents comfortable treating this condition. Often 3 stages occur. 1st - skills for practical emotional safety, then a type of exposure work to raise tolerance for anxiety and last, as much integration as possible. Often there is only partial. ...Read more

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Can acute late stage Lyme disease get misdiagnosed with among other things as dissociative identity disorder (traumatic past)?

Can acute late stage Lyme disease get misdiagnosed with among other things as dissociative identity disorder (traumatic past)?

Lyme affects brain: Acute lyme is recent onset. Late stage lyme often includes neuroborreliosis, lyme infecting the brain. This can manifest as a variety of psychiatric symptoms. Those with past trauma will have a harder time healing from this if they have neuro lyme. Few with lyme have diss. Identity disorder- if they do, address not just lyme but history of trauma. See http://www.Lymeinfo.Net/neuropsych.Html. ...Read more

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What is dissociative identity disorder?

DID: Did was previously known as "multiple personality disorder." in it, there are 2 or more distinct entities or personality states -- each having its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment & self. At least 2 of these identities recurrently take control of the person's behavior. There's inability to recall important personal info too. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dissociative identity disorder?

DID (Multiple Person: Also called multiple personality do, is characterized by at least 2 distinct identities that alternately control one's behavior, accompanied by memory impairment for important information, not due to influence of illicit substances or seizures or other medical condition. ...Read more