What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is when a person has two or more distinct personalities or identities that are all different and unique.
These personalities are often referred to as "alters" or "alter egos." They are known as personality states where only one will have control of the entire body at a single time.
These alters may switch between each other depending on the time and day.
An individual may have up to ten or more alters, where 50% of cases possess at least 10 of them.
These alters can be significantly dissimilar and extreme.
Detachment and Dissociation
A person diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder changes and transitions from one personality to another very suddenly and sporadically.
It occurs out of nowhere and most often during times of stress or anxiety in ones life.
This multiple personality disorder is quite literally the body and mind being split.
Detachment from reality and dissociation causes the main personality to be shielded from the abuse and trauma, making a different personality experience it instead.
Ultimately, DID takes control over the individual without any cause or notice.
"Dissociative Identity Disorder is not a weakness,
an extremely strong desire to survive."
— Dr. Bill