Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder

Gaining a deeper understanding of various mental health diagnoses has a variety of benefits. Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a condition surrounded by a lot of stigma, misunderstanding, and myths. Let’s talk more about what DID is and the treatment options available to help people cope with it.

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Formerly known as multiple personality disorder, DID is characterized by multiple distinct identities or personalities. This extreme identity fragmentation can lead to a wide variety of symptoms that manifest differently for everyone. DID is somewhat controversial in the mental health field. While there’s still much to learn about this disorder, there are treatments that can help to reduce distressing symptoms that may result from it.

DID can be difficult to diagnose. When evaluating an individual for this disorder, a mental health practitioner will seek to gain a comprehensive view of their client’s mental health. This may involve different tests, assessments, and conversations to understand previous events that are currently impacting them. They can then discuss symptoms with the individual and hone in on diagnostic options.

Signs & Symptoms

The symptoms of DID can vary greatly between individuals and depend on several factors. Some people can hear the thoughts of their other distinct identities. Others may make irrational or conflicting choices depending on the identity that is manifesting itself. Individuals with this disorder may seem like completely different people from one day to the next and can be unpredictable.

Additional symptoms of DID may include:

  • Dissociation
  • False perceptions
  • Cognitive distortions
  • Altered identities
  • Lack of external stability

Treatment Options for DID

There are a variety of different treatment options for those with DID. Many individuals with this condition benefit from psychotherapy. Discussing trauma and coping skills with a mental health professional is an excellent choice for those with this disorder.

For those seeking treatment for DID, consider finding a professional that specializes in this diagnosis. Working with someone who is aware of symptoms, recent research, and diagnostic principles for this condition is a great way to make sure that individuals get expert advice and build a beneficial therapeutic relationship.

Learning about dissociative identity disorder takes time. There are many different treatment options available. Though that is good news, it can be overwhelming to narrow down your choices when you’ve just received this diagnosis. At Avalon Malibu, we know how to provide support for those with dissociative identity disorder and help them with symptom management. If you’re ready to learn more about our programs, we will be happy to speak with you. Feel free to reach out by calling (844) 857-5992.  

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