A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles
DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY
[noun]
also known as multiple personality disorder - a psychiatric diagnosis. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) its essential feature “…is the presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states…that recurrently take control of behaviour.” The diagnosis requires that at least two personalities (one may be the host) routinely take control of the individual’s behaviour with an associated memory loss that goes beyond normal forgetfulness; in addition, symptoms cannot be the temporary effects of drug use or a general medical condition. Memory loss will occur in those with DID when an alternate part of the personality becomes dominant. DID is less common than other dissociative disorders, occurring in approximately 10% of dissociative disorder cases and .5-1% of the general population.Women tend to outnumber men in this disorder, resulting in about a 9:1 ratio. Diagnosis is often difficult as there is considerable co-morbidity with other conditions and many symptoms overlap with other types of mental illness. There is much controversy regarding the validity of this disease. Many in the psychological community argue that it is a iatrogenic disorder, or that it is often another disorder that is being misinterpreted.

DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY

[noun]

also known as multiple personality disorder - a psychiatric diagnosis. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) its essential feature “…is the presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states…that recurrently take control of behaviour.” The diagnosis requires that at least two personalities (one may be the host) routinely take control of the individual’s behaviour with an associated memory loss that goes beyond normal forgetfulness; in addition, symptoms cannot be the temporary effects of drug use or a general medical condition. Memory loss will occur in those with DID when an alternate part of the personality becomes dominant. DID is less common than other dissociative disorders, occurring in approximately 10% of dissociative disorder cases and .5-1% of the general population.Women tend to outnumber men in this disorder, resulting in about a 9:1 ratio. Diagnosis is often difficult as there is considerable co-morbidity with other conditions and many symptoms overlap with other types of mental illness. There is much controversy regarding the validity of this disease. Many in the psychological community argue that it is a iatrogenic disorder, or that it is often another disorder that is being misinterpreted.

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