Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Once known as multiple personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder is when a person exhibits two or more separate identities. When a person goes from one personality to another, it is called switching. For most people, the identities are any sex or age, and they usually have distinct personalities, gestures, and ways of talking. Some people even have identities that are animals. This can be a very complex disorder that manifests itself in strange and bizarre ways.  If the symptoms appear, online therapy here at GoMentor.com may be a good idea.

Causes of Dissociative Identity Disorder 

There are four main things that are thought to be causes of this disorder. For some people, it is an innate ability to feel disconnected to the world. For other people, a childhood filled with multiple occurrences of physical and sexual abuse is something that increases the chances of this disorder appearing. Along with these causes, other outside influences like lack of comfort from an adult and living in an environment with other people who have mental disorders can also have an influence on whether or not this disorder shows up. As you can see, there are quite a few factors that lead to this disorder becoming a problem.

Symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder 

The main symptom of dissociative identity disorder is the appearance of two or more separate and distinct identities. Sometimes it may seem like someone is faking another personality - and this is sometimes the case - but there are small indicators that can let you know if it is indeed an identity disorder rather than a big show. For one thing, other behavioral and emotional problems are usually exhibited in addition to the identity problems. There are other signs that this disorder may be an actual problem as well. The important thing to remember is that if the symptoms do appear, getting treatment is recommended before the situation gets worse.


Treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder 

There may not be a cure for dissociative identity disorder, but treatment including psychotherapy has shown to be very helpful in the long run. While dealing with the symptoms is a good idea, and possible with the online therapy here at GoMentor.com, it is important to also deal with the root causes of the disorder, whatever they might be. This is the best course for treatment of dissociative identity disorder.

Definition of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative identity disorder is when two or more distinct and separate identities are exhibited in a single individual. Treatment for this disorder should include therapy and counseling.

Symptoms of / Reasons for Dissociative Identity Disorder

  • Two or more identities
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Suicide attempts
  • Substance abuse
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations that cause psychotic behavior

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