Hi doctors, was just wondering what is multiple personality disorder and are there different forms of it?

A spectrum. Dissociation is a spectrum. It can vary from normal highway hypnosis where you've driven for a while and then suddenly come to and you can't remember having driven the past several miles, all the way to having full-blown multiple personality disorder which is referred to as dissociative identity disorder. In between is a large spectrum of conditions based on amnesia, repressed memories, feelings, sensations, smells, visualizations, tastes, and virtually any part of a traumatic experience that a person can push into the back recesses of their mind. Mild forms include what are called ego state disorders. More complex cases are called dissociative disorder not otherwise specified. There are also conditions such as depersonalization disorder which although being a form of dissociation does not have its roots in trauma. In extreme dissociation a person creates an alter ego or self that takes on the experiences that the person experienced as they were going through a significant trauma. This is called a split off part of the self. Because the trauma progresses, this split off part will likely split off another part that is identified with the aggressor. These parts tend to be disoriented to person place and time. They have separate wills identities and roles.
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.

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is multiple personality disorder?

Multiple personality. Multiple personality disorder is now called dissociative identity disorder. It is a complex and severe disorder. It is a coping mechanism due to extreme trauma, pain or violence where you disconnect from yourself-in essence hiding one's identity thoughts, memories, feelings, actions and developing a secondary identity to take over.The person become split into fragments ; tx is to reintegrate self. Read more...
Now Dissociative Dis. 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...
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...

Hello doctor, I am not sure whether I have multiple personality disorder or not?

It's rare. I assume you're asking because you suspect you may have multiple personalities. This is an uncommon problem, generally thought to occur after severe, ongoing abuse in childhood. Much more common would be to have widely varying moods, or to feel very differently in different situations or around different people. If you really want to know, see a mental health professional for evaluation. Read more...
DID (Multiple Person. Also called multiple personality do, is characterized by at least 2 distinct identities that alternately control one's behavior, accompanied by memory impairment for important information, not due to influence of illicit substances or seizures or other medical condition. Read more...
Multiple personality. Get yourself evaluated by a seasoned psychiatrist IMMEDIATELY. Do not attempt to diagnose yourself, especially with such a serious diagnosis. Also: do NOT believe everything you read about MPD, now called dissociative identity disorder in the popular press, which tends to sensationalize, and even glorify the disorder. There is nothing whatsoever glorious about it. It is also extremely rare. Read more...

Are patients with multiple personality disorder (mpd) aware of the existence of their different personalities?

Sometimes. There are cases where some of the personalities may be aware of the others but, as a general rule, persons with dissociative identity disorder (the clinical name for mpd) aren't aware of the different personalities within their psyche. Similarly, they are often not aware of what they are doing when the different personalities are controlling their actions, which can often be very frightening! Read more...
Sometimes. Mpd or multiple personality disorder is no longer the term used to describe this controversial disorder. Instead it is termed dissociative identity disorder. Recent studies show that most of the mpd cases were probably therapist or psychiatrist induced so the new terminology was introduced to better explain the problem. Extinguishing the different personalities is the main goal of treatment. Read more...

What are the symptoms for multiple personality disorder and how might one with it actk?

It Varies. Nowadays this is called dissociative personality disorder. It is exceedingly rare. One would expect these people to have been seriously victimized during their early development. One would expect them to react with dissociation & depersonalization when challenged by a significant stressor. This is the feeling that you are not really there as if watching yourself in a movie. Read more...
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...
See questionnaire. The dissociative experiences scale is a validated questionnaire that helps people identify the symptoms of multiple personality or other dissociative disorders. Read more...
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...

Is multiple personality disorder associated with child abuse?

Adaptation. Multiple personality disorder is a dissociation disorder, where a person's mind decides that whatever trauma they have is not worth dealing with, and assigns it to "somebody else". Child abuse could certainly fall under that, depending on the child, the trauma, and the child's coping mechanisms and support. Most multiple personalities aren't like tv, though, they are generally a form of denial. Read more...
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...
Multiple personality. Yes. Typically, incredible amounts of physical and sexual abuse in early to mid childhood that goes unnoticed and therefore unchecked, as well as severe detachment disorders. Read more...