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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Multiple Personality Disorder (Overview)

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 trauma during early childhood.


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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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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Multiple Personality Disorder (Overview)

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 trauma during early childhood.


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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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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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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 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?

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?

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. Donald Jacobson
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Dissociative Identity Disorder (Definition)

Dissociative identity disorder, previously called "Multiple Personality Disorder", 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