Dissociative Identity Disorder:Myth or Mystery? Charlsey Maner

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a psychological condition where a person suffers from a severe mental disconnect between their thoughts, emotions, and actions. It is one of the most controversial psychological diagnoses that exists today.
In researching Dissociative Identity Disorder, I hope to discover why it is such a controversy in the realm of mental illness. Dissociative Identity Disorder is important because its causes remain a mystery to many mental health professionals. Recent studies have shown that DID is as common as bipolar disease and schizophrenia effecting 1 to 3 percent of the general population (Tartakovsky, 2016).
I chose to research Dissociative Identity Disorder because I am a Pre-Veterinary & Biological Sciences Major and am intrigued by the science of our brains. Members of my family also suffer from bipolar disorder, so I have seen first-hand the affects of these types of psychological conditions on a person's life. DID research is largely unfunded, and I feel that it needs to be more recognized.
Due to under-funding and therefore lack of research, DID is associated with too many questions for some doctors to consider it a true disease. Some physicians do not consider DID a legitimate diagnoses because they believe it is stemmed from false or exaggerated memories. Some might also think that DID is socially constructed in that its terms evolve with time to suit current circumstances. All of these which are credible counterarguments.
Some research questions might include: Why do some physicians not consider DID a legitimate diagnosis? What causes are hypothesized to cause DID thus far? What kind of treatment is recommended? How does having DID affect a person's day to day life?
As DID seems to be affecting a growing number of people, it is important to research in order to answer the questions surrounding it. Answers will help doctors set definitive boundaries for what criteria determines a real diagnosis. Since there have been more extreme cases recorded over the last 100 years, I hope to highlight and analyze some of these cases in my research to stress the exigency of this illness.


Tartakovsky, M. (2016). Dispelling Myths about Dissociative Identity Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 10, 2017, https://psychcentral.com/lib/dispelling-myths-about-dissociative-identity-disorder/

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