Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) usually develops as a reaction to severe trauma during early childhood (usually extreme, repetitive physical, sexual, or emotional abuse) and it helps keep difficult memories at bay. DID is a severe form of dissociation. People with DID escape reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy and cause problems with functioning in their everyday life. DID is determined by the presence of two or more separate personalities that have power over the person’s behavior. Other symptoms of DID may include headache, amnesia, time loss, trances, and “out of body experiences.” It’s estimated that individuals with DID have spent seven years in the mental health system prior to correct diagnosis. Many people who have dissociative disorders also have coexisting diagnoses of borderline or other personality disorders, depression, and anxiety.
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