Dissociative Identity Disorder
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- The presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states (each with its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and self).
- At least two of these identities or personality states recurrently take control of the person's behavior
- Inability to recall important personal information that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.
- The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., blackouts or chaotic behavior during Alcohol Intoxication) or a general medical condition (e.g., complex partial seizures).
- Note: In children, the symptoms are not attributable to imaginary playmates or other fantasy play.
Source: DSM-IV Guidebook, 1995; American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
Other Related SourceWatch Resources
- Robert Todd Carroll, multiple personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder), The Skeptic's Dictionary.