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.
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.
A person who’s developed Dissociative Identity Disorder might show several of the symptoms below:
- Eating disorders
- Mood Swings
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Panic attacks
- Night terrors
- Sleep walking
- Short-term memory loss
- Aggressive Behavior
- Visual or auditory hallucinations
- Inability to focus
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.