Dissociative identity disorder

Dissociative identity disorder

About Dissociative identity disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), as defined by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a condition in which a single person displays multiple distinct identities or personalities (known as alter egos or alters), each with its own pattern of perceiving and interacting with the environment. The diagnosis requires that at least two personalities routinely take control of the individual's behavior with an associated memory loss that goes beyond normal forgetfulness. There has been a lot of research over the past 20 years on the DID diagnosis. This research establishes the validity of the DID diagnosis.