Essay Dissociative Identity Disorder ( D.i )

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Dissociative Identity Disorder Analysis
Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.) is a mental disorder which intrigues many psychologists today; the Disorder is also known to some as multiple personality disorder. Each case of DID is different since the disorder covers such a broad field. Each instance is a severe form of dissociation in the brain. Most people with DID lack certain brain functions like thoughts, feelings, memories, actions, and even a sense of identity. In most cases it is thought that the disorder forms after traumatic life events which causes an “alternate personality” to evolve. Dissociative Identity Disorder is a complex and intriguing mental disorder that is often confused with other disorders, and is often times treated improperly. It can go unnoticed by the impaired individual depending on the severity of the case. DID is a disorder that links farther back than just the 20th century. One of the first multiple personality cases was from 1791 and recorded by Edberhardt Gmelin. Gmelin is credited with studying and recording one of the first cases of DID. There is a concern that Parcelus was actually the first to study and record a DID case. Benjamin Rush, the father of psychiatry, was collecting data on similar cases around the same time as Gmelin. DID also explains the reasoning for the “presence of demons or spirits” (Stickley) in some cultures. Although there are several other cases throughout History in the 19-20th centuries, there was no diagnosis…

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