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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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Dissociative Identity Disorder (Definition)

Previously called "Multiple Personality Disorder", it 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 ...Read more


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I was wondering is dissociative identity disorder hereditary?

I was wondering is dissociative identity disorder hereditary?

Heredity not known: Dissociative identity disorder (did), is a severe form of dissociation, a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. Did is thought to stem from trauma, usually extreme, repetitive physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse experienced by the person with the disorder. Research is inconclusive about heritability. ...Read more

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Could it be a good thing for me to embrace my dissociative identity disorder?

I'm not sure what: Embracing a dissociative disorder would mean. If you mean confronting the challenge of working through the issues which lead you to dissociate then yes. It is a lengthy process but will help you develop a healthier life. Good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read more

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Do i suffer from schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder?

Do i suffer from schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder?

No definitive answer: There are many similarities in particular auditory hallucinations (hearing voices) and feeling disengaged from the world. If there is a history of trauma - especially if it began in childhood - can sometimes help to discriminate. The des (dissociative experiences scale) is a test that can measure how often and to what degree one dissociates. A specialist in treating ptsd could help to determine. ...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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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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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

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What do you suggest if I have dissociative identity disorder?

What do you suggest if I have dissociative identity disorder?

One approach to: Dissociative Identity Disorder is clinical hypnosis. You can see a clinical psychologist who is well trained in this modality. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis has a list of licensed clinicians on their website. Pease and good health. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of dissociative identity disorder?

What are the main symptoms of dissociative identity disorder?

DID: In did, there are two or more distinct identities or personality states that continually have power over the person's behavior. There's also inability to recall key personal information that is too far-reaching to be simple forgetfulness. There are also highly distinct memory -- and even physiological -- variations which fluctuate with the person's different personality states or "alters". ...Read more

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How do you tell if someone is faking dissociative identity disorder?

MMPI: The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory is the gold standard of personality testing, especially in forensic settings. It's very good at detecting defensiveness, lying, and personality traits. ...Read more

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What does constructive memory relates to dissociative identity disorder?

What does constructive memory relates to dissociative identity disorder?

Constructive memory: When remembering traumatic events, memory doesn't work like a vcr that can be played back later, verbatim. Instead you store an emotion-tinged experience in bits and pieces -- some of which may stand out more than others. When you later try to tell someone what happened, you are "constructing" the experience into story form, for understanding. This can make did patients' histories confusing. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if you have a dissociative identity disorder?

Formal evaluation: This diagnosis would be best made by a mental health professional who has experience in working with this condition. I would not try to self diagnose this disorder. ...Read more

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I was dx with Dissociative identity Disorder and feel like I make it up I'm fully aware and can filter what parts say is this possible?

This is unclear.: There are may controversies and complexities to DID. And there are similar difficulties with respect to the issues of control and "ownership" of one's symptoms. Basically, there is no simple answer, and the best advice would be to insure that you are seeing someone that is qualified and whom you trust. ...Read more

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Could dissociative identity disorder manifest after childhood?

Could dissociative identity disorder manifest after childhood?

DID: Although rarely diagnosed early, the average reported age of onset is 3 years. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some did (dissociative identity disorder) people here?

Dissociation: You need to give more information--are you asking for professionals who treat did? And where are you located? ...Read more

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What makes people more prone to developing dissociative identity disorder?

What makes people more prone to developing dissociative identity disorder?

Severe trauma: Dissociative identity disorder ranges in severity and is. to as common as once thought. However, the common thread between most cases is trauma, often of a sexual or abusive nature. This can be one very horrible incident such as a rape, or a series of chronic incidents such as ongoing sexual or physical abuse. Coping may take the form of "going away" and becomes a way of stress management . ...Read more

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How do I manage my health with dissociative identity disorder since I have it I need a little help?

How do I manage my health with dissociative identity disorder since I have it I need a little help?

DID: Dissociative Identity Disorder needs treatment. Clinical hypnosis can be effective. Please see www.asch.net for a list of licensed professionals who are trained to use this in their practices. Also see your medical doctor for monitoring or treatment of any medical conditions. Those two strategies together can make for a good outcome. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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