Alter SHE: Google Search of DID

Dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, i am WE book

I did a Google search of dissociative identity disorder. I try to do that once a month just to see what’s out there. This time I happened upon some details that included an estimate of how many cases of D.I.D in the USA. We get asked this often, and the data out there is limited and varied. I tried to copy the PDF file for you to read it in its entirety, but it kept changing the font to itty bitty. So instead, I’m just sharing a few pieces. My Comments are in green font. _______________________________________________________________

dissociative identity disorder- Google search:

A disorder characterized by the presence of two or more distinct personality states. Each may have a unique name, personal history, and characteristics.  (In our situation that would mean Christine as one of the two distinct personality states. We’ve never considered her an Alter.)

Rare: Fewer than 200,000 US cases per year

Can’t be cured, but treatment may help

Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong (Interesting that the sentence just above says can’t be cured and then it says it can last for years or be a lifelong? I don’t know that I’d say can’t, that’s an extreme word, but it seems that many either suppress their Alters or learn to live with the condition as we have.)

Dissociative identity disorder, previously called multiple personality disorder, is usually a reaction to trauma as a way to help a person avoid bad memories. (I’d say it’s more than that. It’s a phenomenon that can occur in a person’s desperate plight to survive.)

Treatment is talk therapy.

Ages affected:

0-2    Never (Interesting that we fall into this age range)

3-13   Very Rare

14-60+  Rare

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