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D.I.D. A Legitimate Diagnosis

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Of Dissociative Identity Disorder
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The list below are symptoms and not signs that a person could have D.I.D., they are only indications that you may be suffering with some form of mental health problem that may require professional intervention. However most people who have D.I.D. seem to suffer with these and other symptoms. Please be cautious about "self diagnosis" when reading this page.
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Now with that said I feel the need to add here that most, if not all survivors with D.I.D. will more than likely be diagnosed with many other mental disorders either before or during the initial diagnosis of D.I.D., the reason for this is becuase a survivor may have many alter personalities; who posses their own physical, mental and emotioinal issues that other alters do not have and aren't awre of. The alters are so separated that they have their own likes and dislikes, illnesses, mental disorders etc.
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For instance, one alter can be anorexia while another alter can have other eating disorders. One may even have depression while others don't. So if you are diagnosed with D.I.D. don't be surprised if you are also diagnosed with more and more mental disorders.
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A survivor can be consummed with so many mental and physical problems and issues that the true diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder is a difficult task to make. This is why one should not self diagnossis. It does take a highly qualified professional to do the correct testing to come up with the D.I.D. diagnosis. Along with a diagnosis from a professional, you might want to research your history. I began by asking people who knew me in childhood and not one person who knew me back then was surprised that I lived with depression, anxiety and physical ailments. My fears and confirmation from multiple people including family members helped me to accept my diagnosis and work through all of the issues that I had to relive in therapy.
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Now, some symptoms that most survivors with Dissociative Identity Disorder have in common are listed below.
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  • [Dissociation:] which is the primary sign of D.I.D. and is exactly what is happening when a person has this disorder, but the presence of alter personalities is the one characteristic that defines multiple (several) personalities.
  • [Amnesia/Severe Memory Loss:] A person loses the ability to remember information and events they would normally be able to recall. Even for people with mild symptoms, difficulties in dealing with daily life can take their toll. Patients can experience employment, school, and social problems.
  • [Confusion:] A symptom that makes you feel as if you cannot think clearly. You might feel disoriented and have a hard time focusing or making decisions.
  • [Anxiety Disorder:] is a blanket term covering several different forms of abnormal anxiety, fear, phobia and nervous conditions that come on suddenly and prevent pursuing normal daily routines.
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[Amongst some of the different forms of abnormal anxiety are below]
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  • [Panic Disorder:] This is a period of intense fear or discomfort, typically with an abrupt onset and usually lasting no more than thirty minutes.
  • [Agoraphobia:] This is the term used to identify people who are afraid of public spaces or of situations often associated with these spaces.
  • [Social Phobia or Social Anxiety:] This refers to feelings of fear, apprehension or worry about social situations and being evaluated by others.
  • [Specific Phobia:] This is a generic term for a kind of anxiety disorder that amounts to unreasonable or irrational fear or anxiety related with exposure to specific objects or situations.
  • [Generalized Anxiety Disorder:] This is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by excessive and uncontrollable worry about everyday things.
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[Other Symptoms that a Survivor with D.I.D. may suffer with are listed below]
Just like I've already mentioned, most of the symptoms of this disorder tend to mimic other mental disorders and I urge you to be cautious of accepting D.I.D. as your diagnosis without researching and evaluating your past behavior and family history.
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  • [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder [O.C.D.]:] This is most commonly characterized by a subject's obsessive drive to perform a particular task or set of tasks, compulsions commonly termed rituals.
  • [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [P.T.S.D.]:] This is a term for certain psychological consequences of exposure to, or confrontation with stressful experiences that the person experiences as highly traumatic.
  • [Eating Disorders:] These are compulsions in which the main problem is a person eats in a way that disturbs their physical health.
  • [Mood Disorder:] This is a condition whereby the prevailing emotional mood is distorted or inappropriate to the circumstances.
  • [Difficulty Concentrating:] A decreased ability to focus your thoughts on something.
  • [Stress:] This is most always present when we go through any form of mental and, or physical illness.
  • [Depression:] This is a medical condition of its very own and is the result of the mind and, or body being overwhelmed with illness or sadness on some level.
  • [Suicidal tendencies:] These are frequently highly stigmatized, and those experiencing suicidal idealization struggle to be heard and understood.
  • [Sleep Disorders (night terrors, and sleep walking):] These are disorders in the sleep patterns of a person or animal. Some sleep disorders can interfere with mental and emotional function.
  • [Psychotic-like Symptoms:] This is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state in which thought and perception are severely impaired. Persons experiencing a psychotic episode may experience hallucinations, hold delusional beliefs (paranoid delusions), demonstrate personality changes and exhibit disorganized thinking.
  • [Trance - Self Hypnosis - Out Of Body Experience:] These are altered states of consciousness.
  • [Self-Harm:] This is an injury inflicted by a person upon his or her own body, whether conscious or subconsciously.
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More Than Survivors: Conversations with Multiple Personality Clients. Opens in new window. The information on this page was referenced from: More Than Survivors: Conversations with Multiple Personality Clients. By: James G. Freisen, Ph.D. This is a wonderful book and so worth the read. The survivors in this book each tell their story, and how they deal with daily life as a "multiple". I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in D.I.D.

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