posted on Aug, 3 2013 @ 06:55 PM
I know of someone who was officially diagnosed with MPD (DID). I may be able to provide some insight here. After spending some time with her, I
noticed that you can't simply say that those who are genuinely ill with this condition are faking it, or are entirely as the diagnosis states.
It seems that dissociative identity disorder is the result of extreme trauma, usually while the ego is still forming in early age. It manifests as a
switching of personalities, which vary in extremity from case to case. It is known from twin studies that this isn't merely about a stressor of
significant intensity, rather an interaction between genetics and environment. As in, some individuals can handle events that others would need a
splitting off to continue on.
Those with DID are highly imaginative, and often have superior IQ. They are capable of partitioning off regions of their brain to develop personality
specific neural circuitry. They do this initially out of necessity, in order to protect their original sense of self from the trauma, they create
alters which are capable of either handling the awareness of the initial experience, else help the original personality to hopefully process the event
in time. Additional personalities may pop up, mostly due to the stockholm syndrome which tends to develop for trauma survivors. They end up
positioning their selves in places where they experience more trauma over time.
These alters may actually form a council which may operate independently of the original personality, in order slowly process the events which caused
their splitting. At other times, the alters may battle each other for control of the being, and not operate in the best interest of the original
It seems to be individuated, whether the alters will succeed in processing the emotional trauma, and reintegrating on their own. As they develop their
own stable egos, they may choose to remain a being as they are.
All of this being said, it's not entirely as it seems. I mean this, in that, these alters do provide "cover" and "protection" outside of socially
acceptable means, and perhaps even legal repercussions. The illness seems to start of genuine, and then ... becomes complex, as the alters may realize
how powerful they are operating as many in one skull.
In my experience, alters will "pop out" when they are deemed "best" for the individual, in the context of what the alters want, and don't want.
As previously stated, this can be quite anti-social, and non-democratic... as in, fast-switching crazes for control of the individual, jumping from
various intentions and actions... a jumbled mess between saint, schizo, psycho, high-talent, and idiocy. I've witnessed this. I've seen the eyes
change colors, the hand preference change on the fly, and the hormones (voice) change rapidly. All very real phenomena. Sometimes the original
personality was aware of some of the switches, and at other times there was a complete blank.