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Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

Diagnostic criteria for 300.14 Dissociative Identity Disorder

A. The presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states (each with its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and self).

B. At least two of these identities or personality states recurrently take control of the person's behavior.

C. Inability to recall important personal information that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.

D. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., blackouts or chaotic behavior during Alcohol Intoxication) or a general medical condition (e.;g., complex partial seizures). Note: In children, the symptoms are not attributable to imaginary playmates or other fantasy play. (p. 487)

(1994) American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic And Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association

Links to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) websites:

  • Astraea's Multiplicity Resources & Controversy
  • The Layman's Guide to Plurality
  • What Is Dissociative Identity Disorder?
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Fact Sheet: Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
  • Multiple Personality Disorder
  • Newsgroup:
  • MHi Disorders
  • The International Society For The Study of Dissociation
  • Spectrum of Dissociative Disorders : An Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment
  • The Effects of DIDOn Children of Trauma Survivors
  • BehaveNet® Clinical Capsule™ : "DSM-IV: Dissociative Disorders"
  • Psychopathology and Therapy
  • Psychology Links
  • Inside Multiple Personality
  • What Is It Really Like Within The Mind Of A Classic Multiple Personality?
  • The Broken Mirror (Research resources for Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder)
  • Mirror Lady's Site of Grief - Index
  • Book entitled, As You Desire Me : The Psychology of a Multiple Personality



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