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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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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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Is multiple personality disorder associated with child abuse?

Is multiple personality disorder associated with child abuse?

Yes: As dr. Amster states, this disorder is called dissociative identity disorder. It's very rare (.1 - 1% of population), and many people with it have suffered longstanding child abuse along with severe emotional neglect. These kids (& later adults) deal with their intense pain by unconsciously sequestering and experiencing only portions of self at a time. Treatment facilitates healing and integration. ...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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Can historic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder similar or difference?

Can historic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder similar or difference?

Differences: Narcissists have a pattern of grandiosity, a need for admiration and a lack of empathy. They are often arrogant, think that they are important, exaggerate their achievements and have a sense of entitlement. Histrionics are overly dramatic and appear like they are acting. They are seeking attention and may be overly sexualised. Their emotions are overexaggerated. ...Read more

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Possibility of misdiagnosing schizophrenia as schizotypal personality disorder ?

Possibility of misdiagnosing schizophrenia as schizotypal personality disorder ?

That might happen: If a person with a severe schizotypal personality disorder had decompensated into psychosis ; is only seen over a brief period of time. However, most providers avoid making a diagnosis until they are satisfied that diagnostic criteria have been met. ...Read more

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Are abandonment fears in borderline personality disorder considered infantile features?

Are abandonment fears in borderline personality disorder considered infantile features?

Adults fear it too.: Fear of abandonment is, if we're honest, wide spread. Panic and terrible reactive behaviors are, fortunately, rare and might be seen in bpd. I think the word "infantile" refers to the basis of the problem. That it begins when a baby experiences ongoing stress from questionable parenting - even including actual or temporary abandonment. It disrupts the development of trust which is critical. ...Read more

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Are Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroidits, Fibromyalgia, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder and Meniere's Diseases at all connected?

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Are Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroidits, Fibromyalgia, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder and Meniere's Diseases at all connected?

Rare combination: It is highly unusual for one person to suffer from all these conditions. Thus you will need to get these conditions confirmed by the appropriate specialists. To start- neurologist, rheumatologist, and psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What are the main differences between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder?

What are the main differences between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder?

Major differences: Psychopath= a person who exploits others without concern for whether they are hurting the person (i.e. Not having a conscience) ("sociopath" is an outdated term for psychopath) borderline personality=is typically a long-standing set of traits that cause extreme and chronic relationship problems narcissistic personality=long-standing belief and acting that one is superior to others. ...Read more

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Are abandonment fears in borderline personality disorder labeled as infantile?

Are abandonment fears in borderline personality disorder labeled as infantile?

Many adults fear it.: Fear of abandinment is, if we're honest, fairly wide spread. Panic and terrible reactive behaviors are, fortunately, rare and might be seen in bpd. I think the word "infantile" refers to the basis of the problem. That it begins when a baby experiences ongoing stress from questionable parenting - even including actual or temporary abandonment. It disrupts the development of trust which is critical. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia like multiple personalities?

Is schizophrenia like multiple personalities?

Not at all: Why?: Confusion about "schizophrenia" stems in part from the frequent informal use of the term to indicate a "split personality, " or multiple personality. It is also often used to describe any coexistence of contradictory or incompatible elements. As healthtap doctors have already indicated, these popular uses of the term are erroneous and not consistent with the actual mental disorder of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Could writer's/author's personality disorder exist?

Personality disorder: Personality disorders could be identified among individuals in any occupational category. ...Read more

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

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Schiz./Bipolar/Per.: Schizophrenia is a thought disorder, bipolar is a mood disorder, mpd is a personality do or a dissociative disorder. ...Read more

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Help! exactly what is multiple personality disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Help! exactly what is multiple personality disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Generally not: As emotional stress usually raises BP unless vagal tone is increased. ...Read more

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Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Yes: Many people have one or more parents with mental health disorders. Off spring may grow up with no mental health problems or they may develop the same or different disorders than their parents. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

Bipolar vs Borderlin: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder consisting of both depressive episodes and manic or hypomanic ones. People with bipolar disorder often have normal personalities between episodes of illness. Borderline pd is a pervasive and continuous (not episodic) personality pattern with volatile relationships, extreme anger, fear of abandonment, self-injury, identity diffusion, impulsiveness, etc. ...Read more

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Is personality disorder the same as borderline personality disorder?

Is personality disorder the same as borderline personality disorder?

Yes,: borderline personality disorder is a type of personality disorder. there are others e.g. naricisstic personality disorder, dependent personality disorder etc. ...Read more

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What are the differences between bipolar disorder & borderline personality disorder?

What are the differences between bipolar disorder & borderline personality disorder?

Mood vs relationship: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, characterized by the patient vacillating between mania and depression. Borderline personality disorder is, as implied a personality disorder and NOT a mood disorder. Borderline PD is characterized by profound fear of abandonment, disturbed sense of self, impulsivity, extreme emotional reactivity, self mutilating behaviors, and idealization/devaluation. ...Read more

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Is personality disorder the same as boarderline personality disorder?

PD/BPD: Borderline personality disorder is a type of personality disorder. Check out this link: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/personality-disorders/basics/symptoms/con-20030111 ...Read more

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How come some people confuse borderline personality disorder with antisocial personality disorder?

Different things: They are different things, but it is possible to have both. Both personality disorders may be characterized by recklessness, impulsivity, and manipulativeness. The causes are different, but some behaviors may superficially look the same. Borderline personality can be treated. True psychopathic or sociopathic personality is unlikely to respond to treatment. ...Read more

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Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Theoretically yes,: but unlikely. The symptom most likely, most common to these four is anxiety, so start there. Go to a clinician and answer a lot of questions about your history and symptoms. This will fine-tune your understanding of what's going on. Treatment follows from that... ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Dissociative Identity Disorder (Definition)

Previously called multiple personality disorder, this is a condition characterized by marked changes in behavior, typically as a response to stress. Individuals with this disorder may have several distinctly different personalities, each with his or her own ...Read more


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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