Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Some of us are very fortunate to grow up in homes surrounded by love. Others are born into a world of trauma and abuse. How do people survive these types of situations? Dr. Elaine Ducharme is a board certified clinical psychologist in independent practice in Glastonbury, Connecticut and she joined us with the details.

What is DID?

Formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a condition in which a person has two or more distinct identity or personality states, which may alternate within the individual’s conscious awareness.

The different personality states usually have distinct names, identities, temperament, and self-image.

At least two of these personalities repeatedly assert themselves to control the affected person’s behavior and consciousness, causing long lapses in memory that far exceed typical episodes of forgetting.

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