In this Dissociative Identity Disorder video, our guest talks about what it's like living with 58 different alters. Plus some of the misconceptions people have about those who live with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
Our guest, Maria, shares her first-hand account of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. For Maria, enduring a very traumatic childhood and even an unexplained medical procedure seems to have triggered her disorder. (Read Maria's blog post on Diagnosis and Stigma of Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder.)
Healthyplace Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft joins in with the signs, symptoms and treatments of Dissociative Identity Disorder as well as his experiences in treating DID patients.
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Maria was officially diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) in 1989, after seeing several therapists and being misdiagnosed with grief, stress, loss and anger issues as a result of being a caregiver for her mentally ill mother since early childhood. Her earliest recollection of living with a multiple personality was at 4 years old. As a teenager and young adult, she recalls making excuses for her alters when she had been told over-and-over again that she had done something she didn't remember doing. At one time in her young life, she was coping with as many as 58 personalities. Now a mother of three in her fifties, Maria has managed to cope with her personalities and has some advice she would like to share with others. Her aim is to debunk the negativity about D.I.D. and show that "alters" (a term she has a problem with) might be a good thing.