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Effective Treatments

SYMPTOMS/ D I S S O CIAT IVE
1. Support Groups: Provide CAUSES ID EN TI TY
comfort that patients are not D I S O RD E R
alone
2. Pacing of the Session:
Seeing the therapist on a Curabitur leo

Maecenas
Ineffective Treatments Causes:
All stem from childhood
Sexual Abuse
1. Lack of Freedom: Patients
Physical Abuse
want to feel safe during the Mental Abuse

session Symptoms:
Hearing voices
2. Taking Away Personal Being in a catatonic state
Amnesia
Autonomy: Patient do not
Similar Disorders Available
want to be hospitalized Depression “The presence of two or more
without due process. Borderline Personality Disorder personalities or an experience of a
Anxiety distinct alternative personality
Eating disorders akin possession of an individual”
-DSM-V
A R E A L L I F E S TO RY
Researcher Jesse Fox conducted a “narratology” alongside a patient named Sophia who was
diagnosed with DID at a very young age.

He gathered personal accounts of her experiences in her life and put them in chronological order.

IN T H E BEG IN N IN G:
Many Myths Disproven Since she was 2 years old, Sophia was sexually, physically,
and mentally abused by family members .
Myth #1: Dissociative Identity
Sophia started hearing voices at a very young age in
Disorder is the same as Borderline kindergarten. These voices said hurtful things and made

Personality Disorder. her feel confused.

T URN IN G TO T H E RAPY:
Fact: There are many way to
When Sophia decided to seek help, she realized it was
distinguish the two such as the not going to be easy. Many therapists diagnosed her with
Rorschach Inkblot Test. Also, other disorders before finding out she had dissociative
identity disorder.
patients with BPD can recall their
Sophia discovered that she was co-conscious and could
actions better unlike DID who have actually communicate with her other alters. Then the
amnesia. process of identifying each personality and combining
them started.
Myth #2: Dissociative Identity
Disorder is a fad. W HAT S H E TH IN K S :

Sophia told Fox that the best technique was to give each
Fact: DID has been recognized since alter a task so she could gain control over each one.

the DSM-III and has been goring She also suggested that promoting daily life made her
feel more normal and acceptable in society.
with research.