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Dissociative Identity Disorder Research

(Also Known As: DID Research, Personality Disorder Research, Multiple Personalities Research, Identity Disorder Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Current Research on Dissociative Identity Disorder

At present, dissociative identity disorder is ranked as a similar category as schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety as the four major mental health problems today. Present literature shows that dissociative disorders are prevalent among women. However, modern-day research has indicated that the disorder is highly prominent in men as well. Men diagnosed with identity disorder may be treated for other mental illnesses, drug or alcohol abuse, or may be imprisoned. 7

Findings of clinical studies revealed that 80% to 100% of patients with DID are comorbid with post-traumatic stress disorder. According to works done by the APA DSM-IV Advisory Committee on PTSD, DID is among the disorders associated with abnormal stress reactions. 8

However, few researchers have tried to utilize reliable psychometric instruments in evaluating PTSD in patients diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. Likewise, none of the studies focusing on DID patients have included the evaluation of neurobiological measures which have been used in patients with PTSD.

Understanding the role of trauma in bringing about dissociative identity disorder may help clinicians and therapists develop a better understanding of the symptoms indicated by their patients during treatment. Likewise, neurobiological studies that verify the validity of DID diagnosis will strengthen research in this field.

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Dissociative Identity Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Borderline Personality Disorder – Personality Disorder, Mood Changes, Dissociation, Splitting Personality
Depersonalization Disorder – Recurrent De-Realization, Feeling of Disconnection from the Body and Mind, Out of the Body Experience
Dissociative Amnesia – Functional Amnesia, Abnormal Memory Functioning Without Brain Damage, Retrograde Amnesia
Schizophrenia – Mental Disorder, Paranoia, Hallucination, Delusion, Disorganized Speech and Thinking
Somatization Disorder – Hysteria, Variable Physical Symptoms with no Identifiable Physical Origins