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Split Personality Disorder

Updated on April 11, 2013

Split Personality

“No offense….but do you have some kind split personality disorder?” Well, I was asked this startling question by one of my friends a few days back.

I almost laughed my heart out while my friend kept staring at me, wide eyed. He almost made me feel that I had some serious disorder which I wasn’t aware of and needed immediate attention. It took me quite a while to control my laughter as it gets convulsive at times. I couldn’t believe what I heard. Here was someone, very closely associated to me, openly declaring that I had two people residing in my body and I couldn’t do anything except laughing it off. I had no idea what made him draw such an absurd conclusion about me and as such I thought of seeking clarification on his judgment.

“You behave weird. I feel I’m dealing with a different person whenever I meet you. Sometimes you look like an innocent, vulnerable and needy kind of a woman and the other times you completely change in to an arrogant, self-reliant and fiercely independent person. I don’t know who am I dealing with here.” He was trying his best to sound polite and I found that cute.

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Surfing internet for answers

That night I did a little digging on the internet for understanding what exactly split personality disorder meant. This is what I found:

Dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) is a fairly common effect of severe trauma during early childhood, usually extreme, repetitive physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse. People suffering from such disorders indulge in daydreaming or get lost in the moment while working on a project. It is a severe form of dissociation, a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. Dissociative identity disorder is thought to stem from trauma experienced by the person with the disorder. The dissociative aspect is thought to be a coping mechanism -- the person literally dissociates himself from a situation or experience that's too violent, traumatic, or painful to assimilate with his conscious self.

Symptoms of dissociative personality disorder

Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct or split identities or personality states that continually have power over the person's behavior. With dissociative identity disorder, there's also an inability to recall key personal information that is too far-reaching to be explained as mere forgetfulness. With dissociative identity disorder, there are also highly distinct memory variations, which fluctuate with the person's split personality. A person may be able to switch from one state to the other within a matter of few seconds to a few days.

Along with the dissociation and multiple or split personalities, people with dissociative disorders may experience depression, mood swings, suicidal tendencies, sleep disorders, nightmares, panic attacks, sleepwalking, deep seated fears, alcohol or drug addiction, auditory or visual hallucinations and even eating disorders. Other symptoms may include headache, amnesia, time loss, trances, and OBE (out-of-body-experiences). Some people with dissociative disorders have a tendency toward self-persecution, self-sabotage, and even violence (both self-inflicted and outwardly directed). As an example, someone with dissociative identity disorder may find themselves doing things they wouldn't normally do such as speeding, reckless driving, or stealing money from their employer or friend, yet they feel they are being compelled to do it. Some describe this feeling as being a passenger in their body rather than the driver. In other words, they truly believe they have no choice. (Information picked up from an article on www.webmd.com)

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What causes dissociative identity disorder?

Researchers have established that as many as 98% to 99% of individuals who develop dissociative disorders have recognized personal histories of recurring, overpowering, and often life-threatening disturbances at a sensitive developmental stage of childhood. Dissociation may also happen when there has been insistent neglect or emotional abuse, even when there has been no overt physical or sexual abuse. Findings show that in families where parents are frightening and unpredictable, the children may become dissociative.

Diagnosis

Diagnosing identity disorder is not as easy as it sounds. Sometimes it might take years to surface. Psychiatrists, most of the times, find it difficult to diagnose as it’s symptoms are more or less similar to other mental-health related problems like depression, anxiety, panic disorders etc. The patterns which are commonly found in such people are as follows:

· A person exhibits two distinct personalities at different times, each with a distinct enduring pattern of perception relating to his environment or his own self.

· At least one of these (in case it’s only two personalities) identities persistently takes charge over the person’s behavior.

· A person slips in to a state of unexplained forgetfulness and finds it almost impossible to remember certain important details about his life.

· In extreme cases, a person might even suffer from temporary blackouts, chaotic behavior or seizures.

There have been some Hollywood actors who have been reported to have suffered from identity disorders at some point in their lives which might as well explain how beautifully they portray such roles on the screen. Famous people with dissociative identity disorder include retired NFL star Herschel Walker, who struggled with dissociative identity disorder for years but has only been treated for the past eight years.

Walker even published a book about his struggles with dissociative identity disorder, along with his suicide attempts. In his book, he speaks about a feeling of disconnect from childhood to the professional leagues. To cope, he developed a tough personality that didn't feel loneliness, one that was fearless and wanted to act out the anger which he always suppressed. These "alters" could withstand the abuse he felt; other alters came to help him rise to national fame. Today, Walker realizes that these alternate personalities are part of dissociative identity disorder, which he was diagnosed with in his adulthood.

Statistics show the rate of dissociative identity disorder is .01% to 1% of the general population. Still, more than 1/3 of people say they feel as if they're watching themselves in a movie at times, and 7% percent of the population may have undiagnosed dissociative disorder.

Treatment recommended

Effective treatment includes talk therapy or psychotherapy, medications, hypnotherapy, and adjunctive therapies such as art or movement therapy. Often times the symptoms of dissociative disorders occur with other disorders, such as anxiety and depression, dissociative disorder and as such may be treated using the same drugs prescribed for those disorders. A person in treatment for a dissociative disorder might benefit from anti-depressants.

Coming back to myself

Wow! That was some bit of detail. I wasn’t sure if I could fit perfectly within the parameters of a ‘personality disorder’ or a ‘psychotic syndrome’ but one thing did happen……

“I kept looking at myself in the mirror for a long time.”  LOL

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      Mistyck Moon 5 months ago from Bangor

      I am someone that has lived with MPD since I was a teenager. I am now 51 and I have 14 altars. This is a very informative article and it is the standard explanation to this disorder. But it is not always so textbook as each person with this disorder experience it in different ways. I have accepted this disorder and live with it as best I could. I don't allow it to determine what I can and cannot do in my life and I won't allow it to keep me feeling as a disabled person. I just finished posting my first article here and it has to do with my disorder. I have learned to no longer feel ashamed over something I can't control and the best thing I can do is educate people from my own personal experience.

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      ST 4 years ago

      @anjalichugh i have written you a separate email.

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      anjalichugh 4 years ago from New York

      @ ST: I wouldn't like to reply to your question in a public forum. It would be more appropriate if you send me a message through my profile page and I'll email you the response. Thank you.

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      ST 4 years ago

      I met this guy online recently and we have been talking over the phone for around 1.5 month. He seem great, we can like talk for hours and each day we got closer. We live in different countries however and time flew by, we got addicted to speak to each other and then 2 weeks ago, he started indicating that he is falling in love with me. I told him that lets go slow and see where it goes. He said he wud come and visit me in a few mths. There is one thing I noticed, he loves to drink and many times he has called me when he is super wasted. I tried not to make a big deal out of it until he started getting obsess with me. So one day I told him that if he wants us to work, he needs to cut of the drinking. He agreed to it. I recently visited my sister in California and at the same time I was in consist phone conversations with him. One day my cell phone didn’t work and I called from the house line. After few days he called that same number and started to have an argument with my brother in law. They had a steamed up conversation until I called him from the other phone to stop. It really scare me off. I convinced him to let it go since he was threatening that he will track him down and beat him up. I calmed him eventually. 2 days ago, he started picking a fight again abt this issue and he started accusing me that I am going online to talk to other men. The pattern was like "Hey baby I love you" and few mins later he said tell your bro in law that he is dead. We had a major argument over the phone. I didn’t want to break off things with him cos I’m kind of scared. He said I shd be with someone else and asked not to call him. I felt so hurt but gave no response or reaction to his text anymore. We both have gone thru a divorce - mine is on the way and his happened around 2 yrs ago. He always talk abt his dad who passed away last year. He also has a son whom he loves a lot but cant see him often since the mother has the custody. I believe these are the major traumas in his life.

      I feel attach to him but I know he doesn’t seem to be normal. It’s really sad and maybe a part of me has some feeling involved. My previous marriage was with a man who gave me no love at all. I was deprived.

      What should I do? I know he won’t let this go so fast. He will call me again eventually when he is sobered up.

      Any suggestions?

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      reena 5 years ago

      my husband out of the blue comes home and acures me of having an affair with my neighbour who is his cousin brother. two weks later he checks my cell phone and says I am hiding messages. All of this is not true I love him and cannot even think of doing what he says. What do you think is happening to him

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      @Pradeep Marwaha: If you want you can email me at anjali@anjalichugh.com. Lets figure out a way to make your discomfort go away. Thx for joining in.

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      Pradeep Marwaha 5 years ago

      Wonder if u can help me find solace with my "manic disorder". I always wanted to be a helpful citizen of the world; but the long depressive phases (2 years plus) leave me worse than vegetating. My biggest hassle is a constant ear strain -left ear- which is also painful. I will happily answer anybody on this. Please help. I have had this for about 30 years now. I am in New Delhi and am 55 years old. Please help...pradeepmarwa@yahoo.co.in

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      Cracked 5 years ago

      This all actually sounds familiar I have these violent outbursts from no where and when I get mad I have these black outs and I attacked people and I am terrified that I might hurt them cause I don't have any control when I have these episodes

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      martinnetsims 5 years ago

      long time no see linda if your still knoking around here is there contact

      and details,check out there great prices ,tell them martin recommened you

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      @Isabel: Yes,I do understand. I'm glad you shared your experience with readers who can relate to your situation. I would recommend you see a professional because if you do have this disorder then it needs to be taken care of asap. Please take this seriously and seek help. Just a friendly suggestion. :)

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      isabel 5 years ago

      hello.....my name is isabel,12 years old and i think i do have a split personality,cause one time i was with my mom watching tv a few months ago and i fell asleep on the bed by her and then i found myself on the living room couch the next day and i asked my mom why i was in there,she got really mad and said"don't talk to me after all those bad words you said to me'...i was confused and then i watched a movie about split personality people, i googled it and explain how it happens and why,and i do suffer a lot by being very disolate and lonely by losing some friends and a sister by car crashes and stuff,and i was abused when i was small,and the weird thing was whenever i get really stressed or lonely my hands move all of a sudden or my shoulder and back twitch and i get really furios with myself wich causes my friends away and i get lost in thought too much and somehow freak out when i get consciousness and now im apperently im having mood swings,loneliness and siucidal thoughts...and im sorry i just need to explain my problems to somebody and let off the steam but ido hope you understand

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      @Alex: It takes courage to speak about oneself in public. So I must say that you're not a weak person. You just feel you are. I would like to have this conversation elsewhere so if you feel comfortable please email me at anjali@anjalichugh.com. I might be able to help.

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      Alex 5 years ago

      uhm hello. i am 21 years old from the Philippines. and i think i have a split personality disorder, well i'm not sure of it yet, i don't have any childhood abuse or sexual abuse, but for the last 2 or 3 years, i think i have experienced a panic attack, due to horrible experience i've encountered, I.E abortion of my own child, outcast from family, self pity. its like post traumatic disorder. then after that i've been depressed as hell, i'm very angry with myself,its like i want to detach myself to well myself (it's confusing i know), ive got suicide attempts after that incident, then i felt emotionally numb, i don't care when i broke up with my girlfriend, i don't care of my future, i don't care at all. i don't feel anger or even lonliness anymore. i'm struggling that problem for almost 2 years now (well i'm not sure about it because i cant remember a thing what i was doing for that past 2 years), then lately i just felt like someone inside me wants to get out, like when i am lonely or angry. its like someone wants to shout or punch or kill people, and i am afraid of him/her. so because i felt that already, i always control myself and deal the situation with a smile. then a while ago, i just burst out, its like my body was shaking and i blacked out. after a few hours. when i had my consciousness. i was sitting beside my laptop and i was shocked because i chatted somebody, when i read the conversation, i just figured it out that he called himself as "jason". and he was totally an asshole, he wasn't afraid of anything. and he was angry with me (Alex). he said i was weak, stupid and afraid of everything.

      Now i don't know what to do, i told a couple of friends about this because they know what i'm going through. and they told me that i need help from a professional psychiatrist. but i'm afraid to consult to a doctor, because i'm afraid to go to a mental hospital. and i think this "jason" whoever he is, he can do whatever he wants once he was in charge of my body. by the way, i have a feeling that when i am lonely, angry or any strong emotion i might encounter in the future to the point that i can't conrtol it, that's the only time when jason will overcome me.

      nice hub by the way! i really like it. good job!

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      John Allen 5 years ago

      I have split personality I have been living a double life for 35 years and managed to hideo it from everyone not 1 Pearson new . Not even the the people who loved me the most it was not until I got found out that I started to look at my self . When I read your blog I see lots of trats in me . Thank you for the information . Helps a lot .

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      Killing Crusem: Thank you sharing your personal experience here. Your comments are appreciated. :)

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      Killing Crusem 5 years ago

      This is verry helpful. I have multable personality disorder, and this helped me a lot. What's cool about me is every time one of my personalitys take over, one puple in my eye gets hurg, and my other stays small.

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      @ Farooq: I'm glad I could make you laugh.

      Thank you for taking time to read and for leaving such a nice comment. :)

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      Farooq 5 years ago

      You know its so amazing. Recently one of my friend told me the 'exact' same thing! And I surfed the internet just to find out what he meant by split personality. And after reading it i was just relieved. SP is a serious medical condition while mine can be attributed to me being a gemini(twins). I forwarded this article to him and we both had a good laugh about it. The thing that is so weird is that i underwent the same situation as you.

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      Joleemacron: We all possess such traits to a certain extent. We have a weak / emotional / fragile self and we also have our stronger self. It doesn't make us people with personality disorder. The stronger self comes in handy when we feel threatened in any way....it acts as a defense mechanism protecting our weaker self from being bruised / hurt in any way. I'm not suggesting that you do or do not have a personality disorder because I'm not qualified to say that. Whatever I say is out of my first hand experience with 'life', 'people' and 'situations'. Thx for joining in.

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      joleemacron 5 years ago

      anjalichugh..we're the same but in my case i do think i have the dissociative personality disorder...when i had talk to different person i have different personalities ..but if my other seems kinda abusing by anyone...i just don't know i do switch opposite and dominant...my other personality is fragile,innocent, frightening, crybaby and kinda unpredictable and emotional...when i see that one is kinda abusing there's something in my self actually making a sermon and rebellious, my other self always telling me to fight that i'm not gonna let anyone bully me like that or treat me with arrogance and then for a second then i feel i just switch to that and i become kinda activist, dominant, and arrogant too.

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      Felony: Where did you get the idea that I'm treating people for personality disorders, especially through e-mail? Please don't jump to conclusions. I'm sure you have not read my comments (herein above). I suggest you spend some time reading through my posts before laying aspersions. Hope you know 'slander' is also a crime. Thank you for joining in.

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      felony 5 years ago

      pretending to be a psychiatrist and treating patients for issues you have no idea about is a felony in every one of the fifty states. there is no such thing as email therapy for DID.

      also, dissociation does not have a correlation to psychosis which is an entirely different illness. and I didn't read enough to see if you also tried to link it to parnoid schizophrenia, but that is unrelated as well.

      I seriously hope you are not practicing medicine without a license on ill readers, particularly when you don't know anything about dissociation, plagiarised sections aside.

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      Alvin: I'll e-mail you shortly. Take care.

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      alvin 5 years ago

      i need a professional help i am admit that i'm suffering for a split personality right now...this is my e mail... alvinmagayaga@yahoo.com i will kindly appreciate your help......:( :)

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      @Arun: Losing temper twice a year is not something you should worry about - unless you really become a monster that time. If you do, then please contact a psychologist or a psychiatrist for professional advice. I could've helped you with energy healing if you were in NY. There are people who can channelize energy from a distance but I'm more comfortable doing it in person. Thank you for joining in.

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      Arun 5 years ago

      at least twice a year i loose my temper and get very aggressive and violent. When this happens I do not recollect what ticks off the violent part of me however my temper is always on the higher side. I seriously need some help as this is ruining my family and social life.

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      Amit: Yes it is possible. However, there can be other reasons for triggering the symptoms she is showing. It doesn't have to be MPD. Like I said before you need to take her to a professional for getting a clear assessment done.

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      Amit 5 years ago

      She is a girl about 12-13 years. Is MPD possible in a child?

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      anjalichugh 5 years ago from New York

      @Amit: How old is the child? It would still be a better idea to consult a professional for this. The child will have to be examined in order to make such determination.

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      amit 5 years ago

      hey anjali, i wanna know that is split personality could happen to a child.

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      Beth 6 years ago

      I had one of the worst panic attacks of my life! It was horrible. I never knew my eyes could water so much and then I thought of something happy and completely changed moods! It's unreal how fast my emotions change and my friends notice it but they think its pretty amazing tbh haha. I just hate the different emotions I get like inpatient swings and extremely happy to major depressed, I don't understand! but see after reading this, every single bit, everyone else's commets I suddenly don't feel like the only one who has something like a split personality. This has actually made me feel 100000000 million times better. Thankyou so so much :)

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      Deuce/Johnny 6 years ago

      basically as long as its been ive constantly wreaked havoc on john's life(from school life to the authority to social life an what's left of his family) like a raw defensive mechanism gone bad im his own worst enemy an he is mine an as much as he thinks he can dominate me he cant because he knows in the back of his mine that i am his backbone an what gives him the strength to get up out of bed everyday i am the hate that he wont embrace i am the virus of his life john cant fight me forever he truly belive's that he can.. the biggest thing me an john have in common is his thirst for Revenge against those that has betrayed him because of his kindness which i think is pitiful, sad part is that ive never fully emerged from his prison ,he cant act like i don't exist forever what he don't realize is the more he represses me the more he makes me angrier an more impulsive on his life in general. we can only save ourselves but which one will we be saving that's the question..?

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      Johnny/Deuce 6 years ago

      wow for years now my mind has been telling me that it not real but ive slowly realzied it is due to the fact that my father had hunington's career an he became very sick like he wasn't in control of himself no more i'de say around the age of 6 years to 11 years old i had a half a brother that was 14 years older than me used to be extremly jealous of me an resented me he'd kicked me in my ribs a few times after he came home from the marines an i also hav a younger full blooded brother that was exactly 5 years younger then me an our father used to take out some of his anger on him growing up in environment was a nightmare watching my farther slowy become more cripple,would hardly take a shower an sleep on the couch the majority of the time an pissed at the world somenights he'd wake us up by brakeing the doors down an making my mother cry an scream he killed our dogs with a golf club he was very perverted and forced my mother to have sex with him at times an if she rejected him he'd go masturbate out the living room window an he put my mother in debt cause of credit card an cellphone bills an put our house up for sale we then hav to live at our grandparents house my grandmother was some what of a tough lover women she'd beat us if we didn't do school work,my grandfather was my bestfriend so intelligent and had the biggest heart in the world one but he had some what of a country kind of nature i'd help raise animals an we would butcher them then prepare them for for food,oh btw my mother has a std from her first husband an her first love during her teenage years raped her of her innocence an momma was always a strong an independent woman she was a manger for 20 year or i gave up beleiving in god ,i am now 21 so she's the only one who inspires me to not slip an slide into this big gapping Darkness that constantly consumes me everyday so i guess ive become more self controlled "do i have a split personality"?

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      Jazzy 6 years ago

      I just realized, I also have split personalities. My guy friend just told me over the phone that I sounded like 2 different people. I didn't even be aware of it. However, I knew that I had 2 personalities. My 1st one is the shy side of me but my inner self is actually very opened up. Like, I show either one personality or the other, depending who I am talking with. I find it weird, that I have two sides of me. Why is it, that I show one or the other personality to different people? I'm really confused...Howeve, both of my personalities are shy and soft. I don't have an angry personality. It's just that my real personality is the more opened one. However, it's like my opened personality won't come out and reveal itself with certain people?? I'm really confused. If some one can explain to me, email me back plz, as I'm really confused. Email: its_destiny_@hotmail.com

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      6 years ago

      Wow after I read that I felt I have 2 of me

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      anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

      Itsme: Not sure if the symptoms are of split personality. it can be that you have issues with controlling anger and for this problem, anger management sessions might help. However, its always better to consult a professional. :)

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      itsme 6 years ago

      I am not sure but i think i have split personality in me. Normally m very calm person but when something happened which i do not like then my entire boby changes. I can feel changes i my body like increasein heart best, Warm kind of feeling in entire body, restless and i start abusing the person very badly with whom i am angry. Is this the symptons of split personality.Plz guide me.

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      tacdgb 6 years ago

      How a place for people like me. How many me I don't know. My therapist could tell you. I am someone else right now. I feel so all alone. I wasn't earlier when Him and I took a bubble bath. She called him to do that I didn't. She always gets us in trouble. We don't need that.

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      anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

      Kassie: I can so well understand. Childhood abuse is the worst of all abuses. It stays with the victim for a very long time. Pills will only calm his mind temporarily. Have you considered spiritual healing for him. Trust me ...its the only way to heal deep scars within. Do let me know what you think.

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      kassie 6 years ago

      My husband has this disorder, But his other personality is dangerous. Extremely angry from going through all kind of abuse as a child. He is medicated for it, But always having to make adjustments. very hard thing to live with.

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      anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

      Pearler: I totally agree with you. We can be different people in different situations and that does not mean that we have some sort of personality disorder. Besides, lack of compassion, love and understanding are the undermined evils that trigger such disorders (like you said). If an individual gets a comforting hand, reassuring him that he is not alone then I guess such disorders won't exist. You're again right about the social environment playing a major role. You'll always find a more conducive environment in small towns / country as compared to big cities where no one cares for anyone.

      Thank you for your insightful comments. Feel free to come back.

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      Pearler 6 years ago

      I have really appreciated the comments and insight here. I really feel helped. Whilst I do not have this, sometimes I feel like I do but I find its external pressures outside of my control that bring on different behaviour or feelings. I also believe that we are all constantly growing and we are becoming stronger each day so therefore our reactions to the same situation may vary on a different day because we have grown.

      I feel that people are really unkind or thoughtless towards others sometimes and that some compassion is needed, which is hard in this ever changing environment where its all rush rush...My plan is to head back to the country where I'm not forced into these societal expectations, of being compliant and eternally happy and pleasant (as Pam wrote). Whilst I enjoy having those feelings it wouldn't be life without both ups and downs...all the best lovely people. and where do u do ur reii healing I love reiki it is so amazing

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      anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

      N: If you feel comfortable e-mail me at anjali@anjalichugh.com. We'll discuss your problem there. Looking forward... Thank you for joining in. :)

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      6 years ago

      OK CAN SOMEONE answer me plz im a teenage girl with spilt personalities...........just like shanna i don't remember the coversations i have and it gets to be a real problem...my parents knw i have this but they still get upset wen i don't remember wat ive said and done. HELP

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      anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

      Shanna: No one is laughing at the victim here. I might have started the hub with a comic note but that really does not imply that I don't understand the suffering involved. I completely understand which is why I wrote this stuff in the first place. I completely agree with the fact that childhood trauma is one of the root causes of such a disorder. In fact I did mention this in my hub. I did not want to suggest energy healing for such people as it would have come across as a promotional hub (as I'm a Reiki healer). I do not believe in any other conventional treatment for this disorder as I know the medication does not do much except slowing ones reflexes and calming the nerves. Its only the spiritual healing that can gradually heal in the sufferer on a deeper level. Btw if you want to know more about reiki healing you can go to my profile page by clicking on my picture and access my personal website. Thx for joining in.

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      shanna 6 years ago

      Hi I suffer from split personality and it is a real issue. I can go days and not remember anything I did or conversations I had. This is not a laughing matter. Do you know what it;s like to wake up and realize you've lost hours or even days of your life with no memory what you've done or said. Childhood trauma sexual abuse, brought this on. So I know if anyone is suffering from this it is for good reason. So please don't laugh at us.

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      7 years ago

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      7 years ago

      okay so im 16 and i have this. am i going to be normal?am i going to be able to fall in love??? im scared.

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      lambservant: Thx very much for sharing the info. I'm sure it would help many of the readers here. :)

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      lambservant 7 years ago

      Dr. Bill Tollefson who specializes in PTSD and DID just published a hub about this condition. I would highly recommend it for anyone concerned about such matters.

      https://hubpages.com/health/Dissociative_Identity_...

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Joe: That was funny. Thx for stopping by.

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      Joe s.  7 years ago

      The same thing happened to me! Today my friend said that I seem to change personality every day. Except I didn't laugh, I just stared at him with a blank look for a few minutes.

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Chris: Thx for being a part of this hub.

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      chris 7 years ago

      Split Personality:tendency to mood swings. a tendency toward erratic mood or temperament changes

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Alan / Joshua

      If its normal? You tell me!! I'm not here to judge anyone. Besides, who knows what is normal and what is not. I doubt if anyone is qualified to say that. Every one seems to have his own standards...even the professionals.So who am I to say!!!! Thx for coming out of the closet. :)

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      Joshua K 7 years ago

      No you cant go telling people about us Alan K, it could couse me and you great danger, so DON"T DO IT AGAIN!!!

      (sigh, im not going back to an Insane Asylum)

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      Alan K 7 years ago

      Hello, i here about the Split Personilty, and i wonder is this normal to have this, i mean im kind while my other is really smart and mean also what happends is ill black-out and wake up the next day, like wondering and asking my other questions, its odd but im able to communate with my other in my mind somehow, if you have an answer for me i would be happey to hear it.

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Robinson: I guess, sooner or later, one needs to accept the reality and learn to live with it rather than fighting it. Living in denial never helps. There's always professional help that one can seek. Personally, I believe most mind related issues can be solved better with spiritual practices. Thx for stopping by.

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      robinson 7 years ago

      how can we come to that we have a split personality ?

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Numtre:

      The question you asked in the end.....its not my call to answer. Lets see if anyone else (reader) wants to join in for a discussion. What I can say is that seeking a professional consultation won't hurt. :) Thx very much for stopping by.

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      numtre 7 years ago

      hello everyone

      I joined expressely because i saw this hub

      my current girlfriend says i have multiple personalities disorder. she says ,there's at least two of us in me.

      she says this because i often am very loving, i love her and i think she might be the One, I care for her.

      Then every once in a while another me emerges, and this me wants to run away, stay by himself, or chase other girls. Badly. He needs it like the air I breathe.

      And I feel this evil one is the main guy.

      when she tells me the loving things i told her i (distantly) remember it and i find it almost unbelievable, that is if i am in the latter state of being (the evil one).

      She once wrote me a nice loving letter, my main reaction was to kiss the letter, and say I Love You. But then if she calls me on my cell phone, I'm not happy to answer.

      Yet some other times, I want her to call me real badly.

      so I say, WTF? Do I need a doctor or am I just a plain bastard?

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Hi Abigail:

      Well, based on your experience, its hard to say if you're suffering from split personality and, moreover, I'm not qualified to comment on that. However, it was interesting to know yet another incident reflecting on the intricacies of mind. Thx for being a part of this hub.

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      abigail 7 years ago

      i think i just had a split personality disorder awhile ago. you see, i was chatting with my boyfriend when suddenly i sent some rude messages i wasn't aware of..i can't remember myself typing those messages since we're having good conversation..it lasted only a split second..i experienced this a year ago when someone i don't know sent me a message on my phone asking me why am i calling..when i checked my call log i saw that i called him a minute before i received his message..that was so weird.. since no one ever touched my phone that time..

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Brian: That's how I feel about the whole thing. It is a matter of concern when it gets out of control. My heart goes out to George. Must be really tough for him. Thx for your kind comments.

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I think we all have a little bit of a split personality disorder, the problems only really occur when the situation becomes extreme. We can't all be happy and upbeat all the time, there are periods when we feel a little bit blue. There are also days when you can be in a good mood and days when you are in a bad mood, and you don't really know why. Just have to remember that every situation is temporary and one thing you can be sure of, change is but a few moments away. So why worry about it?

      Of course the situation George has described, no one should have to endure and I wish him well in his treatment.

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Guru:

      Well, these are not necessarily the symptoms of split personality disorder. It might be simple stress and anxiety. However, consulting a doctor won't hurt. Thx for stopping by.

      Ruby:

      It seems you are comfortable with your situation so that leaves nothing for me to suggest. Do go to a psychologist if the problem aggravates. Thx very much for sharing your experience.

      George:

      I can very well understand your predicament. This hub depicted the humorous side of this complex brain related problem. I'm in no way qualified to give any professional advice here. All I wanted was to portray the complexity of human mind and that's all. I'm sure your counselor must be doing his / her best. Integrating so many personalities is hell of a job. You really need to have a strong will power and determination to make it work. Again, treatment also lies in your brain. Good luck.

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      George Stuart 7 years ago

      Hi my names are many on here i use the name George. I have Dissociative identity disorder. This is a very complex post traumatic shock disorder caused in my case by Satanic Ritual Abuse, Sexual, emotional physical in fact every type of abuse you can and can not relate to.

      It is an horendously difficult life trying to manage all the people who live inside me and there are still parts of me left to emerge.

      I am in therapy which was hard to find and is even harder to go through. My aim is to merge and become whole again. however long this takes. and ive been working at it now for ten years!!

      Abuse goes on and on because no one gets involved people turn away to the truth of the situation.

      the society we live in is run by these abusive people it is very carefully planned and ocestrated with a supply chain of children who endure torture and abuse. who is going to help them survive and escape??

      For me it was my Alters all 23 of them and counting. They range in age sex and appearance and all were created to help me survive - you have to take your hat off to the human brain and the souls will to live when you examine this condition.

      But i wouldn't wish the life i have on anyone there is no peace no freedom and time is never on my side i have lost everything becuase of the abuse i have no family no support except my counsellor - all i have left is my will to create a future for myself and this feels impossible when the past lives on inside me replaying in my mind at random the things i witnessed and ezxperienced.

      Your hub is good - but i found it really failed to express the anguish that having this type of illness encompasses but thanks for raising awareness of this illness.

      Best wishes

      George

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      Ruby 7 years ago

      the weird behavior about the arrogances and inocence sounded like me when i was 6 i have very vague memory but i remember a lot of black outs im 16 now and peacefully get along with my split personaliity though i want to learn more about her wich is why i looked this up i even named her riho we get along ok but we have our fights occaisionally

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      guru  7 years ago

      oh i think so me time i do different type of things i walk alone 5 km herethere in a hot situation and dng nothng some time i feel myself different man i do diffeent things also i think since my birh a mAN INSIDE ME WHOME I TALK WITH HE TELL ME EVERYTHGNG SOMETIM I GO SO ANGRY MOOD SOMETIME IN VERY GOOD MOOD SOMETIME I EVEN TRY TO KILL MYSELF

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      do not:

      I completely understand. If you feel comfortable send me a message through this web page. Scroll up and click on the tab which says 'contact anjalichugh' just below my picture. I might be able to help. Type in your message and I'll have it in my mail id. God bless.

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      do not 7 years ago

      I have anger management at school I am only 14. At school I can be all nice as pie then the next like today I chucked my books on the floor and turned the table upside down, I can not controll it my teacher said it has been going on like this since 2 years but I have had anger problems since I was 9 years old. I harm my self, I have panic attacks && I always feel depressed I just don't know what to do tbh.

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      clara zerna: You can send me a message through my profile page if you have anything in particular to discuss. Thx for visiting.

      pra1520: It does happen (in most cases) when one is alone, which is a saving grace. At least it doesn't happen in public. Thx very much for sharing your experience.

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      pra1520 7 years ago

      very good article.i have also similar type of problem.and i feel more than two behaviours in myself. but it occurs only when in loneliness not in public.

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      clara zerna 7 years ago

      I am Wondering if I was thinking of something deep or a decision to make there is a voice saying things about it , and it's negative...

      I am very worried about it, myself... and sometimes I would do something that I am not suppose to do in the past...

      then I will ask "W-WHAT DID I JUST DO?!"

      or the people ask me WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU SAYING?!

      they are all shocked...

      please email me at clara_zerna@yahoo.com

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Julia / Skyla : Taking the help of a professional can make a difference. As you said you are just 14 which means you have a long life ahead. Its better to consult a psychologist and discuss your deep seated issues with him / her. Who knows it might help integrate the two of you. All the best. :)

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      Skyla Strother 7 years ago

      I am so deeply sorry about that comment Julia Soresen posted, it was out of line, and i send my deep apologies. See Julia does not need any help. I have it under control, I'm sorry if she bother anyone.

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      Julia Sorensen 7 years ago

      I have a spilt personality, and I'm not afraid to admit it. I am only 14 though, that is what I am afraid of. See Skyla is my other half; my real name is Julia Sorensen. I have been though a lot, emotionally and physical, so I know why I have it, I am just curious if I am going to have it for the rest of my life, not having it being treated by professionals? Thanks for the help.

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      Deborah Sexton 7 years ago

      It's true. In order to obtain anything in life we have to get our own minds in one accord.

      Thanks for having me. I love all your hubs

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Hi Deborah! Wow that was a long list of synonyms. So, the conflict exists within and not anywhere outside. That's why it is better to control one's own mind rather than controlling people around. Thx for stopping by.

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      Deborah Sexton 7 years ago

      My minds always war against each other.

      "I'm fat"

      "Eat the cake"

      I like laughing uncontrollably

      uncontrollable

      adjective

      1 unmanageable, out of control, ungovernable, wild, unruly, disorderly, recalcitrant, turbulent, disobedient, delinquent, defiant, undisciplined; formal refractory. antonym compliant.

      2 unstoppable, irrepressible, ungovernable, unquenchable; wild, violent, frenzied, furious, mad, hysterical, passionate, out of control.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Broken Genius: I'm not sure if you chose to seek professional help at any time in past. There's no harm in trying it. The treatment might be able to stabilize your mind to some extent. You don't have to push your loved ones away from you; that's not what life is meant to be like. We are meant to live in a society and enjoy the company of those around us. Don't try to limit yourself and don't hide behind those walls, you created for yourself. I don't want you to live like a loner. I understand fully well what you are going through. The best way is to get help. At least you would know that you tried to do something about it. Just treat this condition as any other dis-ease. Would you not go to a doctor if you were down with viral? So what's different here? Life is meant to be full of abundance; don't let it go waste over something which can be set right. I appreciate your courage to share your experience with all of us. Now go a step forward and embrace life rather than shunning it off. Take care.

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      Broken Genius 8 years ago

      I cannot count the number of times in my past where close friends have been upset with me and when I asked what happened they told me of stories that I just could not believe because they are so far out of my normal character. I once had a group of women come up and yell at me for the way I treated my girlfriend at a party I was recently at. I have no memory of even dating the girl (who was a close friend until she inexplicably stopped talking to me about a week before the confrontation) let alone treating her poorly at a party.

      Perhaps my greatest fear in life is that I may wind up like Jay Anderson, and push all my friends and family away. It may only be a matter of time until my fear of being alone loses to my fear of hurting those around me with actions that I don't even remember making.

      I am glad you made this hub anjalichugh. I hope it will become a place where I can come, read some new comments, and not feel so alone in the world.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Lee Thacker: Thanks so much for such encouraging words. Good to see you here.

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      Lee Thacker 8 years ago

      I thought you article was great, then I found your replies were equally as deep...right on girl!

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Hi Jay! I understand your predicament. Have you taken any medical / psychiatric help? Although I'm not sure how much that helps, yet, things can get a lot better with that. Don't be hard on yourself. If you know your problem it's easier to find a solution. Think of those who don't even know what's wrong with them. At least you are better placed. Everyone has a right to live a good life which means you should find means to resolve the conflict within you. Please feel free to come back. Take care.

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      Jay Anderson 8 years ago

      I am new to this, i am trying to come to terms with it, its hard. i cant live with anyone anymore, i have pushed all my family away, and friends, an none of them know, i mean how u meant to tell them there is someone else, two of u , they would just think ur coo coo. Maybe they will understand someday, if not tuff, il beat it myself.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      blondepoet: Yes, I believe in healing too (as you can see most of my hubs are on this subject). It's sad that people go through so much bad stuff in their lives that it leaves a damaging imprint on their psyche. Such people may appear to be enigmatic to others but the fact remains that all they need is someone who can protect them and assure them that nothing's going to wrong. The love and support they get helps in integrating their multiple identities. Thx very much for your kind comments.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      This is a wonderful hub of a disease that truly exists out there. I feel so much for people who have had very damaging pasts, who turn out like this. Thank god there is a thing called healing, and a thing called miracles, that can see our lives heal from the tragic things that happen to us...xox

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Universal laws: That's what I believe in. These shadows are just a defense mechanism created by the brain to help us deal with some issues deeply ingrained on our psyche. I guess for some people, almost half the journey (thru life) gets spent in healing these shadows and taking care of the hidden (in subconscious)bruises. The complications arise when you infuse life in the shadow and allow it to overpower the actual 'you'.

      Speaking of what he found in me.....I have no idea except that he felt that I was a little weird...somewhat not normal. Lol

      Thx for sharing your views in this forum and also for liking my hub on 'spiritual sex'. It would be great for the readers if you keep sharing your insight more often here. Thx again.

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      Universal Laws 8 years ago from UNIVERSE

      This is the time for the healing of the shadow. We all have a shadow self which enabled us to survive our early lives. This can be the victim, vulnerable self, the comedien, the bully, the cut-off reserved self, most people have a few different facets to their shadow and bring them out on different occasions. Healing this shadow and becoming our integrated authentic self is part of our journey. I feel its really good when someone points out to us what they are experiencing from us. I wonder did you ask him what he was experiencing from you at that moment?

      By the way love your sacred sexuality chakra hub, great detail, I have followed the Mantak Chia Taoist way myself.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Opinion Duck: I know where you're coming from. Till some years back, problems like 'personality disorders' were not even recognized as diseases. Probably, it's only a medical convenience (when doctors don't find adequate reasons for a disorder) and a defense mechanism used by Attorneys to defend their clients in criminal cases. (Lol)  Thx for reading this hub and sharing your valuable opinion.

      Tatjana: You're right. I guess everyone, these days, has multiple personalities and if one doesn't have, he is considered to be naïve. It has become more of a 'style statement'. Lol. Thx very much for your kind comments.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      All people have more "personalities" inside - or better saying they change behaviour and masks according to different situations.

      Ha, ha, ha, you are very far from disorder....

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      Opinion Duck 8 years ago

      One of the biggest medical problems today is specialization? This applies to both medical and mental problems.

      You would think that specialization would be better but what happens is that the specialist only sees their area of billing. In the last fifty years, diseases have been created and named based on the specialty of the medical practitioner. The specialist stop the diagnosis when a billing area is detected.

      The problem is that the brain and the body work together and science really doesn't have all or even most of the answers on how it works. Separating the mind from the body is the first big disconnect in the health field that causes a problem with treating patients. It is followed by breaking up the rest of the body as a billing template.

      Classifying a billable treatment is not the same as providing a cure for the malady.

      The point of my comment to your hub is that you talk about identity as an entity that is capable of classifying for the purpose of solving the problem. It is not and it never has worked that way in the past.

      Identity and Personality are relational but not identical.

      The bottom line is that putting a name on something just puts a name on it. Understanding and fixing something requires much more than a name, especially if you mis-identify the problem with the wrong name.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      D Cortez: Yes, I found that interesting too. Lol. Your assessment is right in as much as men, generally, love to see the weaker side of women, probably, because it makes them feel stronger and that acts as fuel for their ego. (No offense...they can't help it). Thx for stopping by and liking this hub.

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      D Cortez 8 years ago from California

      Fascinating hub, Anjalichugh. I also find your friend's impression of you very interesting, but many men do find very strong women a challenge to comprehend. By the way, several mental illnesses can cause significant personality changes in individuals who are inflicted.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Hi Pam: I agree with you on the treatment part. Yes, it can be treated only if it is diagnosed first. In some cases, it might take years before the symptoms surface. I guess this kind of disorder arises only as a means to cope with a (persistent) unfavorable / uncongenial situation. Neglect just adds fuel to the fire in such cases. I like that 'nickel' metaphor. I feel the same way. Lol

      Thx a lot for sharing your views on this subject.

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      pgrundy 8 years ago

      Hi Anjali,

      This was so well done. I would add that dissociative identity disorder is much more treatable than is commonly assumed, and that outcomes tend to be consistently positive with the average course of treatment being 18 months to three years.

      I think that part of the reason dissociation gets so severe in some people with traumatic abuse in childhood though is that no one really wants to hear about it or deal with it, so children are left without better options. Dissociating is actually their best bet, and then, when the abuse is over, hopefully they can get help to deal with the dissociation.

      We all have different sides though and that doesn't make us mentally ill. Especially women--We are so socialized to be compliant and eternally pleasant that when we assert ourselves it scares people! (Sometimes even us!) If I had a nickel for every guy who thought there was something wrong with me just because I had a brain and a temper, I'd be rich!

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      my-success-guru: You caught me! I almost thought that I could show it and still be discreet about it but it seems the signs have started showing after all. (LOL) Yes, it has been a noticeable switch from one identity to the other but I love to be like that so...let's leave it the way it is. Hope it doesn't sound too scary. He! He!

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      my-success-guru 8 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi Anj,

      Yes, I see two personalities with you on Hubpages- the tough assertive woman who speaks her mind and well- the other best explained by you- "Once upon a time in the heart of a city, Lived a little grasshopper, full of self pity; All day long she hopped from one leaf to the other, In an attempt to fly, her tiny wings could only flutter" I love them both! LOL Maybe we can work on getting your two personalities a little more integrated- then again it might spice things up a bit if we leave them like they are. LOL

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Kristenkiya: I'm glad you liked it. Thx very much.