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Transcript of DID/MPD
Multiple Personality Disorder
Dissociative Identity Disorder
A severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in—and alternately take control of—an individual.
Evidence of multiple personality is not a new development of the twentieth century.
Eberhardt Gmelin reported the first case of multiple personality.
The case of Sybil Isabel Dorsett is considered "the most important clinical case of multiple personality in the twentieth century". It is one of the most famous after the publication of the book and movie "Sybil".
Leonie, Lucie, Rose, Marie and Marceline.
Re-emergence of the disorder
Name change: MPD or DID?
An innate ability to dissociate easily
Repeated episodes of severe physical or sexual abuse in childhood
Lack of a supportive or comforting person to counteract abusive relative(s)
Influence of other relatives with dissociative symptoms or disorders
Nature vs. Nurture
Connection with twins?
Myths and Misconceptions
1) DID is also known as
2) People with dissociative identity disorder are
3) People with DID act like
from the movie
isn't caused by trauma
, because not all trauma survivors have DID
5) People with DID
, and it is impossible for them to overcome their disorder
* no specific test
* gather facts about childhood
* assessed by doctor
* co-insides with emotional conditions such as PTSD
DID without Treatment
*abusing alcohol and drugs
can take years to integrate all aspects
remembering lost memories
Therapy after trauma
Table of Context
Signs & Symptoms
Myths / Misconceptions
Treatment (cognitive behavioral therapy)
Many questions remain unanswered.
improved understanding of the nature of consciousness and the mind-brain relationship
1% of Canadians suffer from EXTREME cases
2 to 4 known before
14 to 16 after
99% have recognized personal histories of life threatening disturbances before age 9
More than 1/3 of people say they feel dislocated from life
up to 7% could be undiagnosed
9:1 women to man ratio
Occurs in 10% of dissociative disorders
1 in 10,000
Average age for the initial development of alters is 6 years
73% of childhood trauma victims
6-10 % in the United States
Who cares ?
All of us!
How a person with the disorder acts.
How to help cure a person who has this disorder.
"Multiple personalities makes you feel like a chameleon in a box of crayons."
-United States of Tara
“If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?”
"Stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me."
"My significant other right now is myself, which is what happens when you suffer from multiple personality disorder and self-obsession."
"Different people bring out different aspects of ones personality."
"I am trapped in this body, and there is nothing I can do about it."
"God has given you one face, and you make yourself another."
"Who am I this time, where's my name?"
"I don't want the world to see me,
'cuz I don't think they'd understand.
When everything's made to be broken ,I just want you to know who I am.
- Goo Goo Dolls
"Oh, we're a lot of things, Niki, but we're not crazy."
"She's the other half of me, life in perfect symmetry, but you'll never meet the original me."
"A lot of people just want to be rescued from themselves. They wish they could be airlifted from their skin and dropped into someone else's. Me? I just wish I could stay the same for a whole week. But then, ironically, I'd be a whole different person."
-United States of Tara
"Welcome to the stage, characters I'll take your place. Who's the puppeteer that draws your face?"
"It’s only your shadow,
It’s only your shadow,
"Who is that girl I see staring straight
back at me? Why is my reflection someone
I don't know?"