Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative identity disorder is associated with overwhelming experiences, traumatic events and/or abuse that occurred in childhood. Dissociative identity disorder was previously referred to as multiple personality disorder.

Symptoms of dissociative identity disorder (criteria for diagnosis) include:

  • The existence of two or more distinct identities (or “personality states”). The distinct identities are accompanied by changes in behavior, memory and thinking. The signs and symptoms may be observed by others or reported by the individual.
  • Ongoing gaps in memory about everyday events, personal information and/or past traumatic events.
  • The symptoms cause significant distress or problems in social, occupational or other areas of functioning.

In addition, the disturbance must not be a normal part of a broadly accepted cultural or religious practice. As noted in the DSM-51, in many cultures around the world, experiences of being possessed are a normal part of spiritual practice and are not dissociative disorders.


2 thoughts on “Dissociative Identity Disorder

  1. working with a lady with 20 alters i was aware that the Little’s were the historians and the whistle blowers if client became at risk in seeking revictimization . ( seeking abuse as learned behaviour in hope of a better outcome.


    1. Hi Robert
      Thankyou for taking the time to read my site. In my work I have found it very difficult to diagnose DID, I am neither trained or experienced in treating DID and have not come across it yet. Do you specialize?
      Interesting article online
      Is there a whistleblower personality?
      … There is no such thing as a “typical whistle-blowing personality” (e.g. Cassematis and Wortley 2013;Culiberg and Mihelič 2016; McCutcheon 2000; Miceli and Near 2005;Olsen 2014). …


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