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Transcript of DID/MPD
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 Amnesia Depersonalization De-realization Identity Disturbances Symptoms Connection with twins? Myths and Misconceptions 1) DID is also known as schizophrenia 2) People with dissociative identity disorder are faking it 3) People with DID act like Sybil from the movie 4) DID isn't caused by trauma, because not all trauma survivors have DID 5) People with DID don’t recover, and it is impossible for them to overcome their disorder Diagnosis * no specific test * gather facts about childhood * assessed by doctor * co-insides with emotional conditions such as PTSD Treatment Psychotherapy Hypnosis Medications Creative Therapies DID without Treatment *abusing alcohol and drugs *suicide attempts *violent behavior Recovery can take years to integrate all aspects remembering lost memories Prevention Therapy after trauma Future Definition: Table of Context Definition
Signs & Symptoms
Myths / Misconceptions
Treatment (cognitive behavioral therapy)
Future Many questions remain unanswered. improved understanding of the nature of consciousness and the mind-brain relationship History Family therapy Cognitive therapy Intro Stats 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?”
-George Carlin "Stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me."
-Matchbox 20 "My significant other right now is myself, which is what happens when you suffer from multiple personality disorder and self-obsession."
-Joaquin Phoenix "Different people bring out different aspects of ones personality."
-Trevor Dunn "I am trapped in this body, and there is nothing I can do about it."
-Dudley Moore "God has given you one face, and you make yourself another."
-William Shakespeare "Who am I this time, where's my name?"
-Tiesto "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."
-Heroes "She's the other half of me, life in perfect symmetry, but you'll never meet the original me."
-Cascada "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?"
-Julianna Zobrist "It’s only your shadow,
It’s only your shadow,
-Britney Spears "Who is that girl I see staring straight
back at me? Why is my reflection someone
I don't know?"