About Dissociative Identity Disorder

Someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) escapes reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy.

The person experiences a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity. The symptoms of DID — ranging from amnesia to alternate identities — depend in part on the type you have. Symptoms usually develop as a reaction to trauma and help keep difficult memories at bay.

Times of stress can temporarily worsen symptoms, making them more obvious. Dissociative disorders cause problems with functioning in everyday life. Treatment for DID may include talk therapy (psychotherapy) and medication. Although treating dissociative disorders can be difficult, many people learn new ways of coping and lead healthy, productive lives.

People with D.I.D. Tend to Experience:

Memory loss (amnesia) of certain time periods, events and people; Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and attempts; A sense of being detached from yourself; A perception of the people and things around you as distorted and unreal; A blurred sense of identity; Significant stress or problems in your relationships, work or other important areas of your life.

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