Multiple Personality Defined

Multiple Personality Disorder is a major dissociative reaction in which the patients lead two or more lives independently, usually alternating. Each personality seems to possess the ability to function independently and separately, one in a dominant position, while the other (or others) is kept submerged for a time. Each personality has its own thoughts, feelings and patterns of behavior.This reaction is the ultimate of dissociative progression. More than six thousand cases of MPD have been diagnosed in North America.”

The personalities often are direct opposites and dominate at different times, with abrupt transitions triggered by distressful events or memories. Each may be entirely unaware of the other but aware of unexplained gaps in remembered time. In psychiatry the condition is known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

The cause of multiple personality is not clearly understood, but the condition seems  to be associated with severe physical abuse and neglect in childhood. It is believed that amnesia, the key to formation of the separate personalities, occurs as a psychological barrier to seal off unbearable painful experiences from consciousness. The disorder often occurs in childhood but may not be recognized until much later. Social and psychological impairment ranges from mild to severe. The primary treatment is psychotherapy to help the individual integrate the separate personalities.

Taken from Questia, the Columbia Encyclopedia, and a paper by A. Salama Abdel Aziz.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie Ruffalo
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 11:30:56

    Borderline personality disorder and bipolar are often mistaken as being the same thing. They are also often misdiagnosed, one for the other. This is because the symptoms for both illnesses are startlingly similar.Borderline personality disorder is actually less common and less known than bipolar. Borderline personality disorder accounts for only about twenty percent of hospitalizations for mental illness each year, while bipolar accounts for about fifty percent of hospitalizations. Borderline personality disorder is most common in young women, whereas bipolar is equally common in both men and women, as well as all age groups.,


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