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How can I identify a patient of split personality or a psychopaths?

How can I identify a patient of split personality or a psychopaths?

Careful history: Psychopaths are what are known in the dsm-iv-tr as individuals with antisocial personality disorder. This condition, unfortunately, is quite common, but very difficult to treat. "split personality" is a more controversial diagnosis and is known by dissociative identity disorder in the dsm. It is theorized to result from traumas that cause the patient to withdrawal from a very painful situation. ...Read more

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Split Personality (Definition)

This term is sometimes used to describe persons with multiple personality disorder ...Read more


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What should someone do to bring out a split personality?

What should someone do to bring out a split personality?

Not sure: I'm not sure what this means. I would say that someone who has experienced extreme trauma as a child and who has splits in his or her personality that formed to cope with the trauma would benefit from finding a therapist with whom he and she can start to integrate the split off parts of the personality. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to know if I have a split personality?

Can someone tell me how to know if I have a split personality?

Too vague: "split personality" is not a recognized diagnostic term and can mean many different things to different people. I'm guessing you are aware of contradictions in your thoughts, feelings, or behavior. See a qualified psychotherapist (probably a psychologist) for an expert opinion, who can to help you resolve/reconcile your inner contradictions so you can live more fully, richly, and authentically. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell if someone has a split personality disorder?

No such thing: There is no such thing as "split personality disorder, " so I am not sure what you mean. Can you please rephrase your question, and we will try to answer. Thanks. ...Read more

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I have border line split personality disorder, is this easy to treat?

I have border line split personality disorder, is this easy to treat?

Confusing diagnosis: There is no "border line split personality." there is borderline personality disorder, most often diagnosed in women, schizophrenia, and dissociative identity disorder, both psychotic conditions. It sounds as if you may shift moods/emotional states in a compete way, suggesting strong dissociative tendencies. You need good psychodynamic psychotherapy over an extended time. It's not easy to treat. ...Read more

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I want to know please how do I know if I have split personality disorder?

Dissociative Disorde: Once called multiple personality disorder, it's rare and controversial (forensic issues). Criteria require being recurrently controlled by 2+ discrete identities or personality states, accompanied by memory lapses for important information. It can not be caused by alcohol, drugs, etc. They may or may not know of each other, so you may never know. Others close to you might know. It is rare! ...Read more

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I've always heard people refer to schizophrenia as split personality. Is that the same?

I've always heard people refer to schizophrenia as split personality. Is that the same?

A misnomer: People do often call schizophrenia a split personality. But a true split personality is a dissociative indentity disorder (or multiple personality disorder). Schizophrenia is not a true split personality. ...Read more

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What should I do about my split personality?

Psychotherapy: Not sure what you mean by "split personality" as it is used in different contexts. Contact a mental health professional for a consultation so you can obtain clarity about your condition. Best. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: split personality?

Split personality: This term is sometimes used to describe persons with multiple personality disorder or dissociative personality disorder. ...Read more

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Hi dr I have been very angry all my life & have a split personality. I'm not sure what it is. Just out burst or rage out of no where. ?

Hi dr I have been very angry all my life & have a split personality. I'm not sure what it is. Just out burst or rage out of no where. ?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as rage, anxiety, or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Is split personality is a genetic disorder?

Is split personality is a genetic disorder?

D.I.D.: See general information below re dissociative identity disorder (DID). Causes not fully known but not thought to be genetic. https://patient.info/health/an-introduction-to-dissociative-identity-disorder ...Read more

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What is split personality?

What is split personality?

DID: The technical term refers to dissociative identity disorder (DID). Individuals with this disorder use dissociation as a defense mechanism against stressors, trauma, or other negative events. The presentation is multiple personalities that are suited to handle different stressors/traumas. For more info: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/dissociative-identity-disorder-multiple-personality-disorder ...Read more

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How to tell if someone has a split personality?

Dissociative disorde: You probably mean multiple personality, called dissociative identity disorder these days. Please do not diagnose yourself or others. Seek professional help. Did symptoms can include missing periods of time in one's memory or people telling you things you did or said that you don't remember. Clinical hypnosis can be used to help and the origin of did is often childhood trauma. ...Read more

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What is the difference between manic depression, bipolar and split personality?

All in a name: Manic depression is the historical name for now termed bipolar affective disorder witch is a disorder of mood split personality aka multiple personality disorder and now referred to as dissociative identity disorder is a condition inflicting an individual to manifest distinct personalities. Each with characteristic patterns of thinking feeling and relating to others and the world. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder - split personality disorder?

How can you tell if you have schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder - split personality disorder?

Find a professional: Both mental disorders you mention are significant clinical disorders that should only be diagnosed by a trained mental health professional who has experience with one or both of these. Both are entirely different disorders. "split personality" is sometimes used by laypersons to describe certain phenomena, but there is no clinical disorder that has this name. In did, a personality may split. ...Read more

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In your practice is it consistent to see huge differences in personality in patients on and off their psychiatric meds?

In your practice is it consistent to see huge differences in personality in patients on and off their psychiatric meds?

NO.: Consistently, no. Sometimes, yes. It depends substantially on the diagnosis, types of medications, and many other factors. For instance, in some patients with adhd, they are angry, short tempered, and belligerent initially, but when they are taking a therapeutic dose of medication, they are much calmer and focused. If they stop their meds, the old symptoms return. ...Read more

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Is it true that patients with cluster b personality types are sometimes known as energy vampires?

Toxic: Because their antics and behavior can absolutely drain the people around them. ...Read more