Note: Multiple Personality Disorder=Dissociative Identity Disorder
Common misconceptions and the truths behind them:
Cases of MPD are rare: This a fairly common misconception, the truth is that 1/3 people in the general population have MPD, that's almost as high as rates of Bipolar disorder or Schizophrenia.
Obvious that someone has DID: Media has shown that actors that use sensationalism to exaggerate the performance as someone with DID encourages people to keep watching and help them earn money. However DID is more subtle due to other mental conditions blocking it from first being noticed. An example of the exaggeration of
There is no effective treatment for a person with MPD: The only effective treatment for DID is therapy, psychotherapy, “intervention” like meetings where the subject has all of their family along with a therapist try to coheres all of the personalities into a somewhat stable singular personality so that person can get back to their family.
A person will eventually "get over" their disorder: A person can get over their condition, but this is not present in every person but, in some cases, a person can, for the most part, learn to overcome some of the traumatic events which may result in the disorder fading over a period of time.
What exactly is MPD/DID?
DID/MPD is a mental condition where its defining feature is the presence of at least two alternate personalities (alters) who routinely take control of the person’s behaviour.
What are these "alters"?
A person with DID will believe that they are made of separate parts also called alters.
Statistics: 22.1% of Americans eighteen years and older, along with ⅕ adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder.
Women are twice as likely to develop a depressive disorder than men
More than 90% of people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental illness, the most common are depression or substance abuse.