Getting to Know Dissociative Identity Disorder

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What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a severe mental condition in which multiple distinct identities are present in a person. These identities recurrently take control of an individual. It can also be described as a severe form of dissociation. Dissociation is a mental process where a person’s feelings, thoughts, memories, actions or sense of identity lack connection with one another.

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What are its causes?

Professionals have yet to determine the specific cause of this mental disorder. However, there are factors which might have played a huge role in the development of this disorder. Some of the common reported experiences of patients with this disorder are severe physical and sexual abuse and various traumatic situations during their childhood.

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The Symptoms

A person who’s developed Dissociative Identity Disorder might show several of the symptoms below:

  1. Eating disorders
  2. Mood Swings
  3. Depression
  4. Alcohol and drug abuse
  5. Anxiety
  6. Panic attacks
  7. Phobias
  8. Insomnia
  9. Night terrors
  10. Sleep walking
  11. Short-term memory loss
  12. Aggressive Behavior
  13. Visual or auditory hallucinations
  14. Inability to focus

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How to Get Treated

The most recommended treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder is a combination of long-term psychotherapy and medication. In Psychotherapy, a professional will talk with the patient and help him understand his disorder. Eventually, these talks will help him recover from the disorder. The medication for this disorder will most probably consist of antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs and tranquilizers.