Everyone Needs Therapy has posted (June 18th) a disturbing, but informative, portrait of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Once known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Almost invariable the person diagnosed has suffered severe sexual trauma, often at the hands of a parent.
Well, hopefully it doesn’t apply to you, Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.)
But it might. We used to call it Multiple Personality Disorder. Some people think this label applies to Schizophrenia, but because you read this blog, you know the difference.
People who suffer from Schizophrenia may hear voices, but they don’t usually have multiple personalities. These are both Axis I disorders, by the way, not personality disorders (Axis II).
And this is not Depersonalization Disorder, either, which is getting some press because Adam Duritz of Counting Crows (a popular rock band) is said to have it. (Read Dr. Deb). Depersonalization Disorder features persistent or recurrent experiences of feeling detached from one’s mind or body, as if watching the self as an outside observer.