did is a dissociative disorder where there are two or more distinct dissociated parts/alters that are able to take control of the body. this disorder is strictly caused by recurrent childhood trauma/abuse before the age of 9.
dissociation: the disconnect between a persons thoughts, feelings, actions, memory, and overall sense of self and thier surroundings becomes slowed, disjointed, fuzzy, and feels unreal
alters/types of alters
an alter is a dissociated part of the host/core that takes control of the body at any or certain times. there are many types of alters that make up a system.
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there are a few disorders that are commonly comorbid with did.
portrayal in media
the most common inaccurate portrayals in media include the book dr. jekyll and mr. hyde. usually people will also bring up the movie sybil.
myths/misinformation about did
normally with mental illness, there are myths and misinformation that goes along with it, this also applies to did.
in conclusion, did is no longer called multiple personality disorder due to it being an inaccurate name for two decades.
you may know someone with this disorder, don't be afraid of them if they ever told you about it.
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