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Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a condition in which a 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 (as these identities recurrently take control of the individual’s behavior. In order for this diagnoses to be made, at least two distinct identities or personality statesmust be identified.
Formerly called multiple personality disorder (MPD) and often referred to as split personality disorder, statistics show that this disorder affects about 3% of patients in psychiatric hospitals occurring in females nine times more often than in males.
Signs and symptoms of dissociative identity disorder include:
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