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Dissociative Identity Disorder

  1. 1. Dissociative Identity Disorder { By: Emma Swift
  2. 2.  This is a project for a high school AP Psychology course. This is a fictionalized account of having a psychological ailment. For questions about this blog project or its contents, please email the teacher, Laura Astorian: laura.astorian@cobbk12.org. Note to the Reader
  3. 3. 3 in 100 people have DID.
  4. 4. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): psychological disorder in which two or more identities, or personalities, exist in an individual that can each take over the conscious behavior of the individual at different periods of time  Formerly called Multiple Personality Disorder  What is DID?
  5. 5. The Personalities
  6. 6. When under influence of one personality, the patient doesn’t recall events that occurred while in other personalities, behaving as a completely different person  Period of time controlled by a personality can range from an hour to five years  Each personality can have different characteristics (name, gender, physical attributes such as need for glasses)  Average number of alters (personalities): 10-13  The Personalities
  7. 7.     First case in 1811 for Mary Reynolds and was documented by physician Samul Mitchel Main early theorists of DID: Pierre Janet (explored unconscious and hypnosis), Morton Prince (explored relationship between physical and psychological parts of DID), and Boris Sidis (explored the role of neurons ) Became official disorder when added to DSM in 1980 Called Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) in DSM-III but name changed to DID in DSM-IV Brief History
  8. 8. Subjects with DID usually unaware that they have it  Thought to be caused by sexual or physical abuse as a child  First development of an alter at an average age of 5.9 years, typically in childhood  The Beginning {
  9. 9.    On average, patients have spend 7 years in medical care before coming to a final diagnosis Four times as many women as men are diagnosed Symptoms may be: obsessive compulsive behavior , eating disorders, depression, and drug abuse Diagnosis
  10. 10.    Main methods: hypnosis and psychotherapy Therapy aims to stabilize the individual and have the alters unite into single personality (integration) Therapy: therapist tries to effectively communicate with all alters    Treatment Tries to get personalities to meet one another and interact Attempts to uncover traumatic events, retrieve methods, and make peace with them No know medication available for treatment
  11. 11. What it is Like to Have DID { The Struggle and Emotions
  12. 12. Loss of Identity
  13. 13. Too many thoughts. Too many emotions. So many people in my head. Thought Overload
  14. 14. Crowding
  15. 15. Low Self-Esteem
  16. 16. Lost
  17. 17. Frustrated
  18. 18. Dark. Cold.
  19. 19. Fake
  20. 20. Confused
  21. 21. Loss of Time
  22. 22. Memory Gaps
  23. 23. Lost Opportunities
  24. 24.  Dispelling Myths about Dissociative Identity Disorder | Psych Central - Part 2. (n.d.). Psych Central. Retrieved December 14, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/dispelling-myths-about-dissociative-identitydisorder/0009785/2  Dissociation and dissociative disorders. (n.d.). Better Health Channel. Retrieved December 14, 2013, from http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Dissociation_and_dis sociative_disorders  Dissociative Identity Disorder. (n.d.). NAMI. Retrieved December 14, 2013, from http://nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Helpline&Template=/ContentManagement/Co ntentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=20562  Dissociative Identity Disorder. (n.d.). Psychology Today. Retrieved December 13, 2014, from http://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/dissociative-identitydisorder-multiple-personality-disorder?tab=Symptoms  Dissociative Identity Disorder. (n.d.). Dissociative Identity Disorder. Retrieved December 14, 2013, from http://www.aamft.org/imis15/content/Consumer_Updates/Dissociative_Identity_Dis order.aspx Works Cited
  25. 25.  Dissociative Identity Disorder Symptoms, Causes, Treatment - What is dissociative identity disorder? - MedicineNet. (n.d.). MedicineNet. Retrieved December 14, 2013, from http://www.medicinenet.com/dissociative_identity_disorder/page2.htm#what_is_di ssociative_identity_disorder  Clinic Staff. (2011, March 3). Definition of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved December 14, 2013, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dissociativedisorders/DS00574/DSECTION=symptoms  Phelphs, J. (n.d.). Celebrities with Dissociative Disorders. Yahoo Contributor Network. Retrieved December 14, 2013, from http://voices.yahoo.com/celebritiesdissociative-disorders-6680648.html?cat=70  Vernon, L., Kallio, J., & Wilcox, A. (n.d.). Some Symptoms & Indications of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Safe Home. Retrieved December 13, 2014, from http://www.sascwr.org/files/www/resources_pdfs/mental_illness/Symptoms_of_DI D.pdf Works Cited