Dissociative Identity Disorder Treatment
Also Known as Multiple Personality Disorder
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Psychotherapy is the treatment of choice for individuals suffering
from any type of dissociative disorder. Approaches vary widely,
but generally take an individual modality (as opposed to family,
group or couples therapy) and emphasize the integration of
the various personality states into one, cohesive whole personality.
It should be noted that while it's convenient to talk of people
who suffer from this disorder as having "multiple personalities,"
this is just a theoretical construct. People who suffer from this
disorder believe they have multiple personalities which
then take on a life of their own within the individual (perhaps
reinforced by the belief). The new term for this disorder in
the DSM-IV more accurately reflects the problem -- the
individual suffers from dissociative identities. Their personality
is the sum of these identities, which have been split off at
some point in the past. The split is usually due to some individual
or multiple traumatic events.
The use of medication, except for the treatment of acute, specific concurrent Axis I
disorders, is not recommended. Maintenance and effective use of prescriptions
given the multiple personality states is difficult to attain. If medication is
prescribed, it should be carefully monitored.
In a growing trend, people with disorder are starting to come together
to form mutual self-help support groups within larger communities
and virtually, through online communities. There is no overt reasons
why a support group for this disorder would not be beneficial to
Symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder
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By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on
9 Oct 2013
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