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Re: Multiple personalities? - May 17th 2011, 10:57 AM

It's a highly controversial disorder that many people don't believe is real. I don't believe DID is a real disorder although many will refute that and say they do believe it's a real disorder. There's speculation it may be removed from the DSM system because at present, it's left in there since some clinicians do believe it's a disorder so the APA is operating under the notion of "better safe than sorry". I'm not sure if the future ICD-11 will include MPD (they don't use the name DID) because I have yet to check what the WHO is planning. Anyway, enough technical mumbo jumbo, onto you.

One of the key points to it is you do NOT name the personalities, they have a name the moment you are introduced to them. The fact you said you haven't thought of a name suggests right away it probably isn't DID. You mention "David" emerges after feeling depressed but the symptoms you mentioned for "him" match what one may feel in depression.

As mentioned above, usually the person has no memory of the personality emerging but some can and it's labeled as co-consciousness. People experience these personalities conflicting with each other, such as David conflicting with Amy over something while neither have emerged. I've never heard of a case where this didn't occur although it's not required in the diagnostic criteria, the fact you failed to mention it makes me even more skeptical.

If you are planning to see a psychiatrist, the fact you were abused will instantly bring up the idea of PTSD. Some psychiatrists don't accept DID or may view it as a schizophrenic disorder. If you mention you think it's DID, you'll get questioned as to why you think this and either referred to a DID specialist or diagnosed with something else. Depending on the laws in your state, a parent/guardian may need to be present during your session with the psychiatrist or be made aware of the diagnosis at the very least.


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