Dissociative Identity Disorder

Individuals with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), a mental disorder, lack a connection between their identity's senses, actions, emotions, memories, and beliefs. Thus, individuals with this disorder frequently exhibit multiple personalities (ar et al., 2017). Furthermore, these identities influence one's behavior at different periods. The disorder can cause melancholy, delusions, or memory loss. NItis frequently caused by past trauma (ar et al., 2017). Therefore, it may result from psychological responses to environmental and interpersonal stresses, particularly during infancy, when abuse and neglect interfere with personality development (Ducharme, 2017). Consequently, this paper discusses the causes, symptoms, and treatment of DID. In addition, it summarises and critiques the depiction of this disorder in the Netflix show Ratched.

Dissociative Identity Disorder

ndividuals with DID may not remember a larger percentage of their childhood. They often engage in unexplained events, such as doing things and failing to remember how they started doing. Moreover, they experience frequent memory loss bouts in addition to having sudden memories' return (Pietkiewicz et al., 2021). They also encounter increased detachments or disconnection episodes from an individual’s thoughts and body. Moreover, individuals with this condition often experience hallucinations. Thus, they may sometimes attempt self-injury or suicide. Notably, their handwritings change from one time to another. Some may experience changes in functioning levels. Moreover, individuals with this condition may experience mood swings or depression (Pietkiewicz et al., 2021). They may also experience phobias, panic attacks, nervousness, and anxiety. Besides, eating disorders are also other common symptoms among these individuals. Consequently, others experience unexplained sleepwalking, night terrors, and insomnia. In addition, severe headaches and severe pain in some body parts are other symptoms of DID among individuals (Whitbourne & Halgin, 2015). Others may experience sexual dysfunction in terms of both sexual avoidance and addiction. Consequently, some individuals with this condition may start abusing drugs and engage in excessive drinking.


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