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Why is dissociative identity disorder in the personality disorders section on empower?

By Anonymous January 18, 2014 - 3:32am
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DID has always been a dissociative disorder, even when it was called multiple personality disorder. Source: DSM-IV and ICD-10. The other dissociative disorders are: dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, depersonalization/realization and other specified dissociative disorder/dissociative disorder not otherwise specified. Source: DSM-5
It is also not a rare disorder, affecting 1-3% of the population - source: Guidelines for the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder, as found on http://isst-d.org - full link can be found on http://www.dissociative-identity-disorder.net/wiki/DID

Can the website be updated to include Dissociative Disorders and correct this misunderstanding?

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Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for your suggestion. The individuals who make this website often use categories to help users find information. Since this diagnosis is often misunderstood as a personality disorder and more often than not is diagnosed as multiple personality disorder, I would assume that most people would search the Internet with those search terms which would result in possible "hits" on the search engines. 

I am not sure the history as to why clinicians tend to stray from using dissociative disorder....it would certainly be interesting research for the field of psychology. 

I will offer a suggestion to the team.



January 18, 2014 - 7:03am
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