Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) was previously referred to as multiple personality disorder. It is characterized by the existence of two or more seemingly independent identities or personality states, which may or may not report awareness of each other. These different identities develop with distinct memories, feelings, views of themselves (e.g., their age, sex, history), ways of interacting with others, and beliefs about their uniqueness and separateness. A person with DID typically reports a host of memory difficulties, including the experience of autobiographical memory retrieval deficits, which may be for events in his or her past or experiences the person is having in current life. This amnesia may derive from identities’ perceiving that they are unaware of what is occurring while another identity is organizing and ...

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