Formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Dissociative Identity Disorder is a complex dissociative disorder characterized by the presence of two or more distinct personality states with amnesia between them. Each personality is it's own individual person and may have different names, memories, personal histories, and characteristics.

It is currently believed that DID forms due to structural dissociation. When humans are below the ages of 7-9, we do not have a stable or integrated self/personality, and instead have parts. There is a part that craves love, a part that wants food, a part that is sad, etc etc. (This is why babies will go from crying to laughing in seemingly a few seconds.) When we reach the age of roughly 7-9, these parts, along with our experiences will integrate into one, whole personality. However, if a child experiences severe and repetitive trauma before this age, and does not have stable relationships with their primary caregivers (Parent(s), etc) then the brain will put up amnesic walls as a way to protect itself from the memories of the terrible things that have/are happening, and these walls prevent the personality from integrating, which results in the parts staying separate.

Contrary to popular belief and media representation, people with DID are not evil, nor dangerous. They are traumatized individuals who are more likely to hurt themselves than anyone else, and many have gone on to live happy, successful lives.
"Did you hear about Mary? She was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder."

(This definition was written by someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder.)
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DID is a complex and quite rare condition where more than one personality exists within you. You may in fact be unaware of this and usually other people will tell you of your other identities. Each identity within you has their own pattern of thinking and behaving, and this may be quite different from your own established patterns. In fact, each separate personality controls your behaviours and thoughts at the times they are present.

Dissociation is a mental process of disconnecting from your thoughts, feelings, memories or sense of identity.

The causes of DID are as complex as the condition, but mental health professionals agree that ongoing trauma in childhood is the leading contributor. The trauma causes the child to “disconnect” from what is happening to them during the times of extreme stress. Trauma can include repeated emotional, physical or sexual abuse that usually begins before a child is five years of age, and during that time there is no adult around who provides comfort or safety.

Children remain dissociated into their teens and adulthood. This can lead to other problems as they struggle to make sense of the world around them.

If you have DID, you may experience depression, mood swings, anxiety and panic attacks, suicidal thoughts and feelings, self-harm, headaches, hearing voices, sleep disorders, phobias, alcohol and drug abuse, obsessive-compulsive behaviour and various physical health problems.
Treatment for DID is based on your personal needs and aspirations. It can take time working with a specialist in DID care to make progress and help you achieve your goals, but you can achieve significant progress in taking control of your life.

Signs to look for (symptoms)
Things you may feel include:

Feeling disconnected from your emotions (emotionally numb).
Feeling detached from what is happening around you, like you are watching a movie of yourself.
Feeling as though the world is distorted or not real.

Having problems remembering things, and having gaps in your memory (losing time).
Sudden and unexpected shifts in mood, eg, feeling very sad for no reason.
Hearing voices, or smelling or seeing things that only you can see or smell.
Feeling as though there are different people inside you.
Referring to yourself as “we”.
Being unable to recognise yourself in a mirror.
Significant memory lapses such as forgetting important personal information.
Knowing about things you don’t remember learning, like driving.
Not recognising places or people that others think you should.
It’s often those nearest people experiencing DID who will see signs that the person they are currently talking to does not have the same personality and mannerisms that the person they were speaking to yesterday, or that morning, or even a few moments ago had.

Dissociative Identity Disorder is not to be confused with Multiple personality Disorder.

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A dubious diagnosis associated with the recovered memory movement in psychology. DID is a pattern of behavior characterized by the learned enactment of different identities, usually including psychologically wounded "inner children." These are claimed to have resulted from repressed childhood involvement in satanic ritual abuse, child porn rings, mind control experiments, or similar extremely severe abuse. The creation of personalities occurs hand-in-hand with the formation of the abuse narrative in the vast majority of cases.

The process of memory/personality creation usually involves the suggestion of a sympathetic and charismatic therapist, but it can also occur within groups of "survivors" on the internet or in self-help groups. The process is likened to a cult, since participants often cut off contact with former friends and relatives who question the bizarre direction of therapy and instead form bonds with other recovered memory "survivors."
Motives for embracing Dissociative Identity Disorder may include the following:

1. Suggestion by an authority figure that recovering abuse memories will lead to healing.
2. Sympathy/attention associated with the victim role (There is high overlap with dramatic/historionic/borderline personality disorders).
3. Involvement in a complex and interesting project, as the client creates personalities to reflect different aspects of her fantasies.
4. Absolution of responsibility for one's problems implied by the victim role.
5. Sexual fetishes or fantasies that would otherwise feel unacceptable can be enacted and attributed to the "memories" of abuse. In fact, studies show that there is a high representation of DID in online groups for ageplay and domination/submission games.
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An extremely misunderstood mental disorder where one believes they have other personalties (or alters) living inside their soul. This person will not have control of what these alters do and usually black out whenever their alters take control. These alters can be different ages, have different dominant sides, different posture, voices, etc.
People will develop this order from not knowing how to deal with abuse or suppressing too much emotion, usually, as a child.
**NOTE: What these people believe is happening in their head is what is happening in their head. They can't control what's happening and most people would get rid of the disorder if they more easily could.
Alters FUCK EVERYTHING UP FOR THOSE THAT HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS DISORDER. My ex has D.I.D. The beastly version of his own personality (not a legit alter) blocked his memory of me. He did this because I wouldn't have sex with him..well yeah..pretty fucked up.
Dissociative identity disorder (D.I.D.) shows how much the sub-conscience is genuinely a bitch.
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a cringe trend/fandom where kids go to fake a mental disorder for attention

a placebo effect. its probably not real
"i have Dissociative Identity Disorder "
"you are right ive been faking all this time for attention!"
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Formerly known as "multiple personality disorder" and/or "split personality", DID is a severe mental illness in which the person has two or more distinct personalities, which form entirely different memories and characteristics. Commonly confused with schizophrenia.
Dissociative identity disorder is extremely difficult to treat.
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dissociative identity disorder or Multiple Personality Disorder

Rare condition indicated by the absence of a clear and comprehensive identity. two or more independent and distinct personality systems develop in the same individual.

NOT ! " the pretense of having multiple personalities for the purpose of sucking attention and sympathy"-ignorant

dissociative identity disorder....the splitting off from conscious awareness and control of thoughts, feelings, memories, and other mental components in response to situations that are painful, disturbing, or somehow unacceptable to the person experiencing them
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