What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?https://aamft.org/imis15/aamft/content/consumer_updates/dissociative_identity_disorder.aspxDissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a condition in which a person has two or more distinct identity or personality states. These states may alternate within the individual’s conscious awareness. The different personality states, also known as an individual’s Alters, usually have distinct names, identities, temperament, self-confidence and self-image. At least two of these personalities repeatedly assert themselves to control individual’s behaviour and consciousness, which may lead to long lapses of memory loss that far exceed typical episodes of forgetting.What are the causes of Dissociative Identity Disorder?The main cause of DID is believed to relate to an early childhood trauma. There are no known biological causes to DID, however it is known to run in families.How do people find out they have DID?(results from my questionnaire)”you always kind of know you are different. Maybe you (or parts of you) never meet with your alters until you are older or in therapy, but you know something is different. The signs are there. Ending up somewhere you don’t know how, seeing yourself dress differently, seeing your handwriting in a journal not look like yours and words you do not recall writing. You don’t remember pictures you have drawn. You learn to hide yourself when other people reject you. Then, it becomes a disorder as all alters fight to understand the world. Some people never find out until they go to therapy, because sometimes what is called a “host” personality has never communicated inside the mind with any other alter. That host usually seeks therapy for something else and it is discovered when another self speaks to a counsellor” – Jessica, 35″A therapist pointed out differences in tones of voice, language, body language, punctuality and facial expressions” – anonymous”my psychologist pointed it out after years of being misdiagnosed”- anonymous – 26″I entered therapy after becoming overwhelmed by memories that came out of nowhere” Shirley- 57Many people with dissociative identity disorders have grown up in an abusive family environment where they grow up learning to keep secrets and hide away, therefore leading to living a life of secrecy and hiding.

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