DID - Multiple Personality Disorder

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A person with MPD (or DID, as it is now called in the USA) generally doesn't realize they have it - when another personality takes over, the original personality 'blanks out' and isn't aware; afterwards, it is just like having memory loss. Hence, diagnosis of this condition is usually done by an outside clinician, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist trained in this area. Although some degree of this DID problem is quite common (we estimate about 70% of the general population have it), for most people it isn't something that requires treatment; they have learned to live with the problem.

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Our treatment usually takes 2 to 3 hours over two (and occasionally three) sessions. We use a regression technique that evokes trauma at the developmental event that causes the susceptibility to this problem; and then healing is done using a variety of standard techniques for trauma. Once treatment is over, the client doesn't need significant adjustment time when the other selves re-integrate. For most clients, treatment is quick and relatively painless.

Some clients have other related issues that this process also heals: existential dread and rigid self-identities being the most common. When treatment is completed, the need for a rigid self-identity ends; and it can take several weeks of adjustment time to get used to the new flexibility and who they are now.

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder in the Wikipedia.

Revision History
1.0 Jan 6, 2010: First description of the treatment.