Dissociative Identity Disorder – Amina

The health issue I would like to present today is Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Identity Disorder. This issue is important because many people don’t know what this disorder is. Therefore it can be misunderstood very easily. I picked this issue because I thought it was a very interesting and I wanted to understand it better.

This issue affects teenagers because recently it was mentioned in a film called, Split. D.I.D. was represented as something quite terrifying but it was very exaggerated. Most people with the disorder have been abused and the main character in the film is shown as the abuser. This doesn’t add up because the people with D.I.D. would strive to be unlike their tormentors not one of them. Finally, most people with D.I.D. are depressed, self harm and are suicidal so becoming violent is extremely unlikely.

D.I.D. is a severe mental disorder where a person feels disconnected from their thoughts, feelings, actions and overall identity. The number one cause of D.I.D. is trauma (severe and/or prolonged) that was usually experienced in childhood. Another popular cause is mental, physical, sexual and emotional abuse also experienced during childhood. It can also be caused by the lack of comfort and care given after trauma/abuse, the ability to generally be able to dissociate easily and finally, using dissociation as a protection blanket to cope with trauma. Dissociation causes them to have what is known as, multiple personalities which causes odd memory loss when the personalities switch control.

This shows how people with D.I.D. can have multiple personalities with different ages, genders, lifestyles and so on.

Because of the symptoms of D.I.D. (depression, suicidal thoughts, self harm, etc) the medication prescribed are anti-depressants. But there hasn’t been enough funding for research so that they can make something to deal with the dissociation. At the moment, there is therapy of different kinds available such as: family therapy, cognitive therapy, creative therapy and psychotherapy. Hopefully, if more come to know about this issue there will be more research into it.

To conclude, I think this issue is important to know about becasue if you come in contact with someone with D.I.D. you should know that they aren’t dangerous. In fact, they could be more of a threat to themselves than to you. To help solve this problem, never harm children.