Originally posted on Marci, Mental Health, & More:

  1. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is rare– Actually 1-3% of the general population meet the full criteria for DID.  Making it as common as Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.  Unfortunately, even though DID is fairly common, research about it is grossly underfunded.   (The National Institute of Mental Health has yet to fund a single treatment study on DID.) 
  2. It’s obvious when someone has DID- People with DID are rarely the sensationalized image portrayed in the media.  Also people with DID spend an average of seven years in the mental health system before being diagnosed, how is that even possible if it’s obvious. They also have co-morbid disorders, making it harder to identify DID. They often struggle with severe treatment-resistant depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and substance abuse.
  3. People with DID have distinct personalities- Instead of distinct personalities, people with DID have different states.   Sometimes described as “having different ways of being…

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