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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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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Multiple Personality Disorder (Definition)

Multiple personality disorder is also known as Dissociative Identity Disorder. 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