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What Do You Wish People Knew About Dissociative Identity Disorder?

We want people to better understand the disorder, which was formerly known as multiple personality disorder.

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Dissociative identity disorder (DID) — previously known as multiple personality disorder — is an often misunderstood dissociative disorder that causes people to behave and feel as if they have more than one "identity."

According to the American Psychiatric Association, DID symptoms include trouble with memory, emotion, perception, sense of self, and behavior — and can potentially disrupt every area of mental functioning.
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According to the American Psychiatric Association, DID symptoms include trouble with memory, emotion, perception, sense of self, and behavior — and can potentially disrupt every area of mental functioning.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that around 2% of the population experiences some type of dissociative disorder.

People of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds can experience a dissociative disorder, a category in the DSM-5 that also includes depersonalization disorder and dissociative identity disorder. However, those who experience sexual and physical abuse during their childhood are at an increased risk of DID.
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People of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds can experience a dissociative disorder, a category in the DSM-5 that also includes depersonalization disorder and dissociative identity disorder. However, those who experience sexual and physical abuse during their childhood are at an increased risk of DID.

If you are living with DID, we want to know what you wish people understood about it.

Like that media representations really miss the mark on what the disorder is actually like.

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Not everyone with DID has to have a violent identity.

Maybe you want people to know what's like to feel powerless over your identities.

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Or how hard it is to experience memory gaps.

It's not that you aren't paying attention, you just can't remember.
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It's not that you aren't paying attention, you just can't remember.

Perhaps you want people to know that having DID can make you more prone to other mental illnesses, like anxiety and depression.

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Or maybe you wish that people knew there's SO much more to you than just your disorder.

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So tell us: What do you wish people knew about dissociative identity disorder?

What misunderstandings do you want to clear up? What do you wish people would say when they talk about DID?

Tell us (in a few sentences to a paragraph) in the dropbox or the anonymous form below and your answer could appear in a future BuzzFeed Health post. Feel free to go into detail!

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