Blog Purpose

This blog is created by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to collect information about D.I.D.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Differential Diagnoses

Proper diagnosis of DID is complicated because some of the symptoms of DID overlap with symptoms of other mental disorders. Misdiagnoses are common and include depression, schizophrenia , borderline personality disorder, somatization disorder , and panic disorder .

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In the actual study done by Dunn et al. (1994), questionnaires were sent out to approximately one-thousand psychologists and psychiatrists surveying their attitudes towards dissociation, with an emphasis on multiple personality disorder.  The study resulted in 97.5% of the practitioners indicating they believed in dissociation disorders, 80% reported they believed in the existence of multiple personality disorder, 12.3% did not believe in multiple personality disorder, and 7.7% were unsure. The total of 80% is a high percentage for clinicians who believe in the disorder. source

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Study Update

I am working on reviewing treatment guidelines and understanding basic treatment of dissociation.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Take a Personality Test

There are many versions of personality tests on the web.  This is one that is suggested for all your alters to compare.


Dissociative identity disorder frequently co-occurs with other psychiatric diagnoses, such as anxiety disorders (especially post-traumatic stress disorder-PTSD), mood disorders, somatoform disorders, eating disorders, as well as sleep problems and sexual dysfunction.[3] Dissociative identity disorder has been found to more commonly occur with particular personality disorders including Avoidant Personality Disorder (76% co-morbidity), Self-defeating Personality Disorder (68% co-morbidity), Borderline Personality Disorder (53% co-morbidity) and Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder (45% co-morbidity).[68] Schizotypal Personality Disorder also had a 58% crossover with dissociative tendencies.[68]