Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder, formally known as Multiple Personalty Disorder is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in, and alternately take control of an individual. The person also experiences memory loss that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness. I picked this topic because the way the brain works interests me. I plan on going to school to be a psychiatrist and work/help with people who have this or something else. This is a good interesting topic that I will be able to get a lot of interesting information on. I’ll be able to see what might cause it, how many people have the disease, symptoms, and what might be able to help it. I’ve seen lots of detective type shows and seen people who have this disease. I myself don’t know anybody who has a multiple personalties disease. But ever since I’ve seen detective type shows, I’ve found an interest in helping people and doing this.
You may wonder if there are any treatments for this disorder. The disorder can not permanently go away. The primary treatment for this disease is long term psychotherapy with the goal of deconstructing the different personalities and uniting them into just one. Some other treatments would be cognitive and creative therapies and some medications. There are not specific medications for this disorder, but antidepressants, anti-anxiety and tranquilizers can help with this.

For this project I interviewed David Clayman a Psychologist here in Huntington. I asked, “What could be done to help this disease?” Mr. Clayman said pretty much what my research told me. They can be given anxiety medicine and have lots and lots of psychotherapy. Even though it will not permanently go away, it still helps a lot. I then asked him, “Are there separate personalties or is it different aspects of one personality?” There is a theory that it is different aspects of on personality, but they can all be completely different...

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