Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder, is a complex mental health condition characterized by the presence of two or more distinct and separate identities or personality states within an individual.
Altered identity states:
Individuals with DID experience distinct states of identity, often referred to as “alters” or “parts.” Each alter has its own unique set of behaviors, memories, attitudes, and perceptions. Switching between alters can occur spontaneously or may be triggered by stress, trauma, or specific circumstances.
Dissociation is a fundamental feature of DID.
It involves a disruption or detachment from one’s thoughts, memories, feelings, or identity. Dissociative experiences can vary in intensity and may include amnesia, gaps in memory, or a sense of detachment from oneself or the surrounding environment.
DID typically forms from childhood trauma.
Dissociation is a protective mechanism that helps individuals escape overwhelming experiences.