Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

Dissociative Identity Disorders (DID) are an involuntary escape from reality characterized by a disconnection between thoughts, identity, consciousness and memory. People from all age groups and racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds can experience a dissociative disorder.

Dissociative disorders usually develop as a way of dealing with trauma. Dissociative disorders most often form in children exposed to long-term physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Natural disasters and combat can also cause dissociative disorders.

Dissociation is a coping skill that disconnects traumatic memories from one’s consciousness, shielding them from the pain or fear associated with the trauma. The traumatic memories still exist but are deeply buried within the mind. The memories may resurface on their own or after being triggered by something in the person’s life, usually appearing as panic, anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares.

Each person is unique, and should explore their options and select for themselves the most effective coping mechanisms for dealing with DID.That being said, many people have found successful treatment for dissociative identity disorder through a combination of mental health tools and practices. Sometimes extreme stress can require a person with DID to take care of themselves by checking into the hospital for safety and support.

It is estimated 1-3% of the population has DID. A majority of them are leading typical lives and are making positive contributions to society.

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An Infinite Mind (AIM) was formed out of a need for accurate information on Dissociative Disorders. People living with Dissociative Identities, their supporters and therapists need access to accurate information and a community of people who understand and live or work with people living with dissociation.

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