• Submitted By: reaper13
  • Date Submitted: 03/17/2010 10:29 PM
  • Category: Psychology
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Dissociative identity disorder, commonly referred to as (DID). Is a disorder in

an individuals identity where two or more different identity states control a persons

behavior during different times. This disorder is a controversial topic among

professionals. Many doctors do not except this as a valid disorder, those who do have

produced commodious amounts of literature. Their is no definite cause of (DID) as of yet.

The number of identities can range to as many as one hundred or more, however the

average person has about only ten.

Often when people seek help they are not aware of their own condition. They

can’t remember being under control of a identity state or an alter ego, this makes it hard

to treat the disorder. Even though there is no definite diagnosis for (DID), professionals

link it to stress and traumatic events. When it comes to treating the symptoms of the

disorder doctors aim to focus on relieving the stress factors. Therapists often treat a single

identity at a time, trying to get a consistent response established. Gleaves of the

psychological bulletin said, “those who treat the disorder but don’t believe it’s origins

could be, harmful for the simple fact hey ignore the posttraumatic symptomatology.”

Types of traumatic events and stress that trigger (DID) are things such as,

insufficient childhood nurturing, abuse physically and sexually. One theory is that (DID)

is linked to childhood trauma. However some believe that (DID) is developed by therapist

using suggestible techniques, though this theory is not widely accepted. Another theory is

that the person has put their memories or feelings in their sub conscious and are

experiencing them through alter egos later on in life. Also professionals believe that the

alter egos are a mechanism to help cope with the current stress in their lives.

(DID) is extremely hard not only on the person it affects, but also the...