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Multiple Personality Day

Sybil

Sybil

Now before you readers start with the hate mail, I often use these unbelievable Hallmark Holidays to bring awareness to certain causes. This may not be the best comparison, but for those that remember Squirrel Appreciation Day, it was rather controversial.

Multiple personality disorders have touched the lives of those dear to my heart and I simply want to bring more awareness to this illness. This is very misunderstood and most people think of Sally Fields in the movie Sybil. While the truth is, many of us have experienced some form of very mild Dissociative Identity Disorder (the newer and more politically correct name) when getting lost in the moment or even daydreaming.

Another huge misconception associated with dissociative identity disorder is calling it Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is NOT a multiple personality disorder.

Multiple Personality Day

Multiple Personality Day

Dissociative identity disorder is commonly found in persons who suffered severe trauma during early childhood such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse. The dissociation is thought to be a coping mechanism to help the person deal with these experiences.

It is the most severe of these cases that may develop into full-blown multiple personalities. Diagnosis is difficult, even for professional experts in the field. Severe dissociative identity disorder is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct or split identities. The personalities each have their own age, sex, race and they may be other species that are all fairly resonsive to hypnosis.

Other types of dissociative disorders include dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, and depersonalization disorder.

Some common symptoms associated with dissociative disorders include:

Depression
Mood swings
Suicidal tendencies
Sleep disorders (insomnia, night terrors, and sleep walking)
Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias (flashbacks, reactions to stimuli or “triggers”)
Alcohol and drug abuse
Compulsions and rituals
Psychotic-like symptoms (including auditory and visual hallucinations)
Eating disorders

I don’t know who or why March 5 is designated as Multiple Personality Day, but this is a great opportunity to help increase awareness. As always, if you have questions about these or other mental illnesses, please seek professional medical advice.

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4 Responses to Multiple Personality Day

  1. Bluejay says:

    If you want multiple personality greeting cards or personal gifts there are several Cafepress stores selling such items, including several for those choosing to live multiple without integration.

  2. Pingback: Multiple Personality Day, March 5th « Mental Health Matters

  3. Anonymous says:

    found this good article on MPD at childabusewiki.org dissociative identity disorder

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