Dissociative Identity Disorder And Multiple Personality Disorder

786 Words Nov 12th, 2014 4 Pages
Dissociative Identity Disorder was formerly referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder. In 1994, the name of this mental disorder was changed in order to provide a better understating of what the illness is. The term “Multiple Personality Disorder” was seen as implying that the individual has some type of knowledge to an extent or awareness of the different personalities that certain individual may have. Though, after further psychoanalytic research, the term “Dissociative Identity Disorder” was found to be more accurate and appropriate. By using the word “Dissociative” in the term, a sense of unawareness or confusion is implied which is both more descriptive and accurate.
Dissociative Identity Disorder is a mental disorder in which an individual develops different emotions, feelings, perspectives and even past memories from their dominant personality. People who are diagnosed with this mental disorder have more than one distinct identity. The National Alliance of Mental Illness states “The different identities, referred to as alters, may exhibit differences in speech, mannerisms, attitudes, thoughts and gender orientation. The alters may even present physical differences, such as allergies, right-or-left handedness or the need for eyeglass prescriptions.” (NAMI, 2006). This statement goes to show that someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder not only obtains different personalities, but such personalities are quite descriptive. Rather than just containing knowledge on…

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