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Dissociative Identity Disorder

on August 9, 2014

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I am finally completing my series on understanding dissociation with  Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Although DID (or Multiple Personality Disorder, the earlier term) is perhaps the most well-know dissociative disorder it is also complex and often misunderstood. Due to its complexity, I am going to discuss it over the course of several posts.

I want to start by stressing that all dissociation serves a protective and coping function. In the face of  repetitive and overwhelming experiences a young child’s capacity to “not know” or compartmentalize is life saving. So as you read this, if this is an issue for you, keep in mind that your dissociation has helped you survive. That is important to acknowledge and honor indeed!

The following are the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for dissociative identity disorder. All five of the following are true for someone with DID:

  • Disruption of identity characterized by two or more distinct personality…

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