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Multiple personality disorder (MPD), now called dissociative identity disorder (DID), is the condition in which two or more distinct identities or personality states exist to take control of one individual. The person with this personality disorder also experiences a loss of memory that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness. Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by identity fragmentation rather than completely separate personalities. The disorder is not caused directly by psychological effects from a substance, nor by any medical condition. Once a rare condition, DID has become more common and controversial.
In 1994, multiple personality disorder was renamed dissociative identity disorder to reflect a better understanding of the nuances of the condition, namely the fragmentation, or splintering of the person’s identity. The disorder reflects a failure to integrate various aspects of identity, memory and consciousness into one single self which is multidimensional. The primary identity carries the individual’s given name and is a passive, dependent and depressed personality.
When each different identity is in control, the alter ego experiences a distinct history and self-image, which is characteristically different from the primary identity’s name, reported age, gender, vocabulary, general knowledge and mood. Certain stresses or circumstances can cause particular alter egos to emerge. Various identities may deny knowledge of, be critical of, or be in open conflict with one another.
People with multiple personality disorder may feel like they lose time or are left in the dark when another identity “takes over.” Sometimes they hear the voices of their alternate personalities talking to them even when they are their dominant selves.
When in an altered state, people with MPD may practice completely contradictory choices, such as smoking, or contradictory ideas, such as conflicting opinions on the job. Sometimes they may speak with different accents or claim to have different birthdays.
Avalon Malibu’s experienced staff and therapists practice non-judgmental behavior toward all clients with MPD / DID. We always listen and never insult individuals as we work with specialized treatments and therapies that are specifically geared toward healing MPD. People who suffer with multiple personality disorder have often been through terrible traumatic incidents in their lives and have trouble trusting others, including therapists. They tend to be very fearful, but our professional therapists are specifically trained to speak to each identity in a way that each different personality can handle. For example, in the case of a child, crayons or paints can be introduced to help the client communicate. Therapists might suggest that if an alter ego accomplishes a task, then a note can be left to communicate with the primary identity. Integration therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic therapy are all used for this condition. Our staff is committed to helping the client feel safe and cared for throughout their treatment. We impart empathy that will ensure that each client will be able to trust their therapist and recover from MPD.
Avalon Malibu’s Grand House is our primary residence for clients with personality disorders. We’ve incorporated a therapeutic way to refresh and rejuvenate each person as each alter ego transitions into different identities. Because external hardships can create uncomfortable transitional impacts for clients with personality disorders, we strive to maintain calm external surroundings that support healing inner turmoil. With the tranquil and luxurious features at the Grand House, each client experiences a more calming and less anxious situation.