People often think that D.I.D. (Dissociative Identity Disorder) is something made up, something that a person is just inventing in order to get attention; that statement couldn’t be more Incorrect. Dissociative Identity Disorder, formally known at Multiple Personality Disorder, is a dissociative disorder, not a personality disorder or a psychosis. D.I.D. is a severe form of dissociation, a mental process which produces a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts, memories, emotion, behavior, or sense of identity. D.I.D. is thought to stem from trauma experienced by the person with the disorder. The dissociative aspect is thought to be a coping mechanism; the person literally dissociates himself or herself from a situation or experience
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Dissociation of the mind is something that happens to everyone; dissociating is a coping method everyone has. This helps us day dream and keeps us stable during times of stress; it only becomes a disorder when it starts to interfere with your life. One of the biggest effects of dissociating is amnesia; forgetting things that have happened. D.I.D. only really becomes a disorder when the person starts forgetting days, weeks, months and sometimes even years. In order for someone to be diagnosed with D.I.D. there are a few things that need to be recognized: they need to have the presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states. At least two personalities need to come forward and be recognized as another personality.
A person with D.I.D. can have anywhere from two or hundreds of personalities; it depends on the person. These other personalities have been known and referred to as “alters”. The alters live within a person’s “inner world” which can be anything: a tent, a city, a house, a whole world or it could be nothing at all. The state of the inner world can depend on the person and their Alters; some “hosts” don’t even know of their inner world. Alters come in many different shapes, sizes, genders, and ages. Someone with D.I.D. usually has alters of the same gender that vary in age, however there is some cases where the alters are the