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Teresa Allen MFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist #39878

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), previously called multiple personality disorder, is far more common than once thought. The stereotypical presentation of DID over-emphasizes switching among parts of the self.  Less than 10% of people with DID show this obvious switching. Persons with DID experience their parts  as voices, smells, acting out behaviors, or out-of-the-blue thoughts and feelings.  These parts of self may be in active, powerful disagreement much of the time.

A better way to think of DID is as “various simultaneously active and subjectively autonomous strands of experience that are rigidly and profoundly separated from each other in important ways, such as in memory, characteristic affects, behavior, self-image, body image, and thinking styles.”  (Elizabeth Howell, Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder, p. 3).

Current explorations of  dissociation are transforming how we see the mind.

Psychotherapeutic treatment of DID has been shown to be very effective. (Bethany Brand, et. al, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Vol. 1(2), Jun 2009, 153-171).

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