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Do people with multiple personality disorder know that they are suffering from it?

Do people with multiple personality disorder know that they are suffering from it?

In some ways: The central or personality or "alter" may be aware of the others, but some of the others may be unaware of the rest. All parts probably experience some suffering, but may not perceive the problem as one of "multiple personality" [actually now known as dissociative identity disorder]. Therefore, the answer to your question depends on which alter is in charge when you speak with the person. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more


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What is multiple personality disorder?

What is multiple personality disorder?

Multiple personality: MPD, now called dissociative identity disorder is characterized by two or more distinct identity states known as alters in addition to the patient him/her self. These identity states will seem fragmentary and partially unaware of the others, each with varying degrees of disturbance, The alters tend to be more active and aggressive, while the patient's core personality will be more passive. ...Read more

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Does multiple personality disorder exist?

Does multiple personality disorder exist?

MPD = DID now: You ask a much-debated question, but yes this condition exists -- only it's now called "dissociative identity disorder." I have treated several in my career -- one currently. All had histories of severe childhood trauma, with varying degrees of neglect. My current patient was abandoned multiple times. Her presentation now is an earnestly healing person dealing with severe, complex ptsd. ...Read more

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How is multiple-personality disorder managed?

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How is multiple-personality disorder managed?

MPD: With psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive reality-based approach, hypnotherapy, and medications for symptomatic tx if mood changes or psychotic or anxious. ...Read more

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How could one get multiple personality disorder?

How could one get multiple personality disorder?

Via dissociation: Multiple personality is a dissociative disorder. Significant trauma often is involved. If your believe that you are experiencing issues, it is best to speak with a qualified mental health professional, who can help you sort out a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have multiple personality disorder?

Do you have this: Condition or are your worried that you do. Would recommend that you see a psychologist or a psychiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation. A treatment will be developed for you depending on the specific findings. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the signs of multiple personality disorder?

What are the signs of multiple personality disorder?

Multiple personality: MPD, now called dissociative identity disorder is characterized by two or more distinct identity states known as alters in addition to the patient him/her self. These identity states will seem fragmentary and partially unaware of the others, each with varying degrees of disturbance, The alters tend to be more active and aggressive, while the patient's core personality will be more passive. ...Read more

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How to know if I have multiple personality disorder?

Blank spaces in: Memory, friends stating things you've said or done that you don't remember are suggestive of multiple personality disorder (presently called dissociative identity disorder). Those symptoms are also suggestive of other disorders so it is important for you to visit your doc or a mental health professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What are the causes of multiple personality disorder?

What are the causes of multiple personality disorder?

Childhood abuse: Dissociative identity disorder (did) is often associated with history of severe childhood trauma or abuse -- usually happening over an extended period. This could be physical, emotional, sexual, or some combination. The dissociative aspect is a coping mechanism -- the person unconsciously dissociates himself/herself from experiences or situations that are too painful to consciously assimilate. ...Read more

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What are the symtops of multiple personality disorder?

What are the symtops of multiple personality disorder?

2 or more identities: Aka dissociative identity disorder, multiple personality disorder is characterized by 2 or more distinct identities or personality states "taking control" of a person’s behavior and by an inability to recall important personal information that isn't explained by forgetfulness. Each personality has its own pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and self. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of multiple personality disorder?

Lapse in time/attn: Dissociative identity disorder is extraordinarily rare and typically associated with severe trauma in early childhood which results in a fractioning of the personality. Symptoms would include drastically different personality types (observed by others) and lost periods of time while one personality is functioning typically the other (s) are dormant, lapses in attention and focus. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have multiple personality disorder?

How can I tell if I have multiple personality disorder?

Get an evaluation: To be confident that you know what your diagnosis is (if you have one) it's best to be seen by a psychiatrist or psychologist. They can perform an evaluation of your symptoms and overall functioning. Multiple personality disorder (now called dissociative identity disorder) occurs at a rate of. 01% to 1% of the general population. ...Read more

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My sister has multiple personality disorder. What can I do?

Dissociative: Identity disorder requires professional mental health care. Please encourage her to see her psychologist and her psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How can I handle someone with multiple personality disorder?

How can I handle someone with multiple personality disorder?

Dissociation: "multiple personality" is an outdated term for what's currently referred to as "dissociative identity disorder." here, a person has 2 or more distinct identities/personality states that recurrently take control of behavior. They can't recall important personal information, and it's not explained by ordinary forgetfulness or drug use. This is "handled" through intensive long-term psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How can someone tell if they have multiple personality disorder?

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How can someone tell if they have multiple personality 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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How do you handle a family member with multiple personality disorder?

How do you handle a family member with multiple personality disorder?

Dissociation?: Multiple personality or dissociative identity d/o is rare, but does exist. Behavior changes in a family member may have many other causes too. If concerned about your family member, help him/her get to physician for a check up, and tell the person and doctor why you are worried. The doctor will help by evaluating & examining, & recommending further steps needed. ...Read more

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If someone suffered from multiple personality disorder, would they know?

Depends: Firtsly, dissociative identity disorder is very rare, and most of the "diagnosed" cases are severe forms of personality disorders. Regarding the awareness, the people who truly suffer from it may be unaware of the alternate personalities, but they will be aware of missing time or other clues. Sometimes, the individual will be aware of the others. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I find information on multiple personality disorder?

Wanted to know where can I find information on multiple personality disorder?

Search web: You might find useful information if you search under the term, "dissociative identity disorder, " which is the newer technical name for this disorder. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for multiple personality disorder and how might one with it actk?

What are the symptoms for multiple personality disorder and how might one with it actk?

Missing time: If the person reports blocks of missing time, i.E: not remembering how one got somewhere or "what happened to this afternoon" it is suggestive for one of the dissociative disorders. An evaluation by a mental health professional is really important. Of course, being honest in the evaluation is also important. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person that suffers from multiple personality disorder to function properly in society?

Is it possible for a person that suffers from multiple personality disorder to function properly in society?

Yes it's possible: Multiple personality disorder is referred to as dissociative identity disorder in the current diagnostic manual. They need comprehensive treatment by psychiatrists and therapists -- but yes, they can function properly in society. The few I've treated in my career have been hardworking, very likeable people, even though they suffered tremendously. Without treatment, the picture is much darker. ...Read more

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What happens if a person with multiple personality disorder would each personality be someone real. Or fake?

Multiple personality: The alters of MPD are often fragments of the host personality stored away in the unconscious (initially) for safeguarding against trauma. So you could say they are semi-real, and slowly introduced to each other through therapy. ...Read more

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My dad thinks I have sever multiple personality disorder what should I think about that?

MPD not the issue?: Unless your dad is trained to diagnose mpd that may or may not be an issue. Otherwise I suspect he means he experiences you as dramatically different in different situations--likely totally different people. Whatever the reason, his perception of you probably affects your relationship with him, if that worries you, a therapist experienced with mpd might help the two of you sort it out. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is multiple personality disorder and are there different forms of it?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is multiple personality disorder and are there different forms of it?

A spectrum: Dissociation is a spectrum. It can vary from normal highway hypnosis where you've driven for a while and then suddenly come to and you can't remember having driven the past several miles, all the way to having full-blown multiple personality disorder which is referred to as dissociative identity disorder. In between is a large spectrum of conditions based on amnesia, repressed memories, feelings, sensations, smells, visualizations, tastes, and virtually any part of a traumatic experience that a person can push into the back recesses of their mind. Mild forms include what are called ego state disorders. More complex cases are called dissociative disorder not otherwise specified. There are also conditions such as depersonalization disorder which although being a form of dissociation does not have its roots in trauma. In extreme dissociation a person creates an alter ego or self that takes on the experiences that the person experienced as they were going through a significant trauma. This is called a split off part of the self. Because the trauma progresses, this split off part will likely split off another part that is identified with the aggressor. These parts tend to be disoriented to person place and time. They have separate wills identities and roles. ...Read more

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Are patients with multiple personality disorder (mpd) aware of the existence of their different personalities?

Sometimes: There are cases where some of the personalities may be aware of the others but, as a general rule, persons with dissociative identity disorder (the clinical name for mpd) aren't aware of the different personalities within their psyche. Similarly, they are often not aware of what they are doing when the different personalities are controlling their actions, which can often be very frightening! ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is multiple personality disorder?

Multiple personality: Multiple personality disorder is now called dissociative identity disorder. It is a complex and severe disorder. It is a coping mechanism due to extreme trauma, pain or violence where you disconnect from yourself-in essence hiding one's identity thoughts, memories, feelings, actions and developing a secondary identity to take over. The person become split into fragments ; tx is to reintegrate self. ...Read more

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What's the difference between schitzophrenia and multiple personality disorder?

MPD: Dissociative identity disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder) can be suspected in those who have childhoods replete with abuse, abandonment, or violence. Trauma of a significant magnitude, in one susceptible, and at a vulnerable age can prompt the formation of new ego states that take on various functions including: holding the memory, guarding the secret, or via voices expressing views. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are the symptoms of multiple personality disorder (disassociative identity disorder)?

Can you tell me what are the symptoms of multiple personality disorder (disassociative identity disorder)?

Multiple personality: MPD, now called dissociative identity disorder is characterized by two or more distinct identity states known as alters in addition to the patient him/her self. These identity states will seem fragmentary and partially unaware of the others, each with varying degrees of disturbance, The alters tend to be more active and aggressive, while the patient's core personality will be more passive. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I am not sure whether I have multiple personality disorder or not?

It's rare: I assume you're asking because you suspect you may have multiple personalities. This is an uncommon problem, generally thought to occur after severe, ongoing abuse in childhood. Much more common would be to have widely varying moods, or to feel very differently in different situations or around different people. If you really want to know, see a mental health professional for evaluation. ...Read more

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Could I have multiple personality disorder from a brain tumor?

Yes, but....: Multiple personality disorder is more commonly a psychiatric disorder ...Read more

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Do schizophrenia & multiple personality disorder go hand in hand?

No: They are two different disorders. Perhaps you are thinking that the possible hallucinations that come with certain types of schizophrenia are different "personalities? " multiple personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder) is very rarely diagnosed and has quite a bit more to it than different behaviors. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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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


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Multiple Personality Disorder (Definition)

Multiple personality disorder, which is now known as dissociative identity disorder, is a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct "split personalities". It is usually an effect of severe ...Read more