Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder, is psychological disorder in which an individual has two or more distinct identities or personality states, some or all of which may or may not be in the individual’s conscious awareness. The states typically have distinct names, temperaments and self-image, and at least two maintain assertive control of the affected individual’s behavior and consciousness. This often causes long lapses in memory. While the exact cause of DID is unknown, a main cause is believed to be severe and prolonged emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse during childhood.

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