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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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