WHAT IS Dissociative Identity Disorder?Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a mental illness that in-volves the sufferer experiencing at least two clear identities orpersonality states, also called alters, each of which has a fairlyconsistent way of viewing and relating to the worldSome individuals with DID have been found to have personalitystates that have distinctly different ways of reacting, in terms ofemotions, pulse, blood pressure, and blood flow to the brain.
CAUSEWhile there is no proven specific cause of DID, the prevailing psychologi-cal theory about how the condition develops is as a reaction to child-hood trauma. Specifically, it is thought that one way that some individualsrespond to being severely traumatized as a young child is to wall off, inother words to dissociate, those memories.When that reaction becomesextreme, DID may be the result.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMSDepressionMood swingsSuicidal tendenciesSleep disorders (insomnia, night terrors, and sleep walking)Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias (flashbacks, reactions to stimuli or “trig-gers”)Alcohol and drug abuseCompulsions and ritualsPsychotic-like symptoms (including auditory and visual hallucinations)Eating disorders
DIAGNOSEThere is no specific definitive test, like a blood test, that can accurately assessthat a person has dissociative identity disorder. Therefore, practitioners conducta mental-health interview that gathers information, looking for the presence ofthe signs and symptoms previously described.Professionals usually gather facts about the individual’s childhood and ask ques-tions to explore whether the symptoms that the client is suffering from are notbetter accounted for by another mental disorder, dissociative or otherwise.To make the diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder, a doctor conducts athorough psychological interview. A medical examination may be needed todetermine if a physical disorder is present that would explain certain symptoms.Special questionnaires have been developed to help doctors identify DissociativeIdentity Disorder.Interviews may need to be prolonged and involve careful use of hypnosis ordrug facilitation. Hypnosis or drug-facilitated interviews may make the personmore likely to allow the doctor to encounter other personalities or to revealinformation about a period for which there is amnesia. However, some doc-tors feel that hypnosis and drug-facilitated interviews should not be performedbecause they believe the techniques can themselves generate symptoms ofDissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
Insanity, Slipping through the unisphere of my soul, Staining my mind with the ink, Drained from the rotting ashes of my cremated heart. Escape, escape from reality. Escape from me. I always knew you would repudiate me.But it’s a never ending battle, that we both want to loose. You are not me, this was never me. Blinded by an idea, we could be one. and possessed by a feeling, I just can’t shake. With the gun against your own scull, I watch you in the faded mirror as you pull the trigger, It was all a lie, there is no light. - Colleen Davies
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