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Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Dissociative Identity Disorderi ranges from normal experiences of "spacing out," to more severe types in which people can "lose time." When this occurs, it can be an indication the individual has been through a severe traumatic experience.
For example: A child who experiences a traumatic event may develop different personalities to cope with the stress of the event.
These personalities may then emerge whenever the child experiences a stressful situation. Physicians use the term "Dissociative Identity Disorder" to describe the syndrome of multiple personalities. Individuals who experience dissociation may, or may not, be aware that the alternate personalities exist.
When dissociation becomes severe and affects normal psychological functioning, it may be considered a dissociative disorder.

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