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Dissociative Identity Disorder Controversies

By Edited Mar 12, 2014 1 2

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) previously was known as multiple personality disorder (MPD). This mental illness involves facing severe trauma by disassociate oneself from the experience by forming an altered personality as a way to cope with it. Lesser forms of dissociations are daydreaming and getting lost in the moment, which is easily experienced by individuals.

There are skepticisms by some mental health professionals that think dissociative identity disorder is really nonexistent. They are questioning why many more individuals who withstood stress originating from horrific abuse when they were young did not refined the disorder. Some professionals also question why dissociative identity disorder is not being diagnosed to children, and why some people who were diagnosed with DID don't have history of tremendous trauma. A reason that some people are concern with the discrepancies is that accepting the highly complex and unknown native of the human brain and psyche, some individuals have extensive buoyancy to keep them mentally strong.

An argument about the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder includes having to rely on the traumatic memories of those who suffer from this disorder. North America is the place that DID is notably more often evaluated in individuals. Thus, some practitioners believe that DID is actually a culture-based myth. Furthermore, symptoms of the same disease in adults look very different than in children. Studies that support the appearance of DID using many resources add plausibility to the diagnosis. Research on individuals with DID that have little to no media exposure to information on the illness lends further credibility to the reliability of this diagnosis. There have been movies about DID that were well-known in the United States since the 1950s.

The rapid increase in reports of dissociative identity disorder since the 1980s has caused professionals to be wary of the trend. Numerous experts in memory research state it is almost clearly not possible for anyone to remember things that happened before they turn three-years-old. Fully understanding the brain's interpretation, retrieval, and storage of childhood memories is yet to be accomplished. So, any adult stating they were abused of any form when they were very young may lead to more disputes and lawsuits. Some doctors feel DID could be a variation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since childhood trauma is a factor in the development .

Dissociative identity disorder is a relatively new disease. Thus, it is bound for it to receive criticsims regarding diagnosing it. In North America, people are more open to the idea of a person's brain is causing irrational behavior exhibited by the said person. Yet, it was not too long ago homosexuals were considered to be mentally ill.



Dryden-Edwards, MD, Roxanne. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Symptoms, Treatment, Causes, Signs and Diagnosis by MedicineNet.com. 26 8 2010. 30 8 2010 http://www.medicinenet.com/dissociative_identity_disorder/article.htm



Sep 6, 2010 9:51pm
Very interesting. There have been several movies made about this disorder, but until I read your article I knew very little about it.
Sep 12, 2010 6:56pm
Thank you Deborah-Diane for finding my article interesting and reading it. Since you mentioned about movies, I found out Dr. Kluft is an expert consultant on the TV show, "United States of Tara." It is shown on Showtime channel and it stars Toni Collette as the main character.
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