Signs You Could Have Multiple Personalities

By Juliet Smith 11 months ago

There are multiple identities inside you

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The most obvious symptom of having multiple personality disorder is obviously the personalities. Multiple personality disorder, or Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), can force its victim to harbor several personalities inside of themselves, which can vary in names, gender, ethnicity, histories and mannerisms.

You feel oddly disconnected from yourself

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Feeling disconnected from yourself is one of the biggest symptoms of someone suffering with DID. This can mean that your body almost feels like a shell with you, the pilot, driving it from elsewhere. Or, people can feel like their body is on autopilot all the time.

The world feels disconnected to you

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As well as feeling disconnected from yourself, you can also feel disconnected from the environments around you. Perhaps a childhood home no longer looks or feels familiar, perhaps the outside world looks hazy or unsettling. This is a big symptom of DID.

You can't remember certain events

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Cleveland Clinic describe one of the symptoms of DID as memory loss, which can be broken up. For example, one type of memory loss that someone can experience is forgetting events that have happened or they have been to. It's a sad symptom of DID as it forces the sufferer to lose their happiest memories.

You keep forgetting your personal information

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While you might be surprised, DID can even lead to sufferers forgetting their own personal information. Whether its your social security number, date of birth or name, it can be hard to remember what those details are since you have become so distanced from your inner self.

You've blocked out loads of memories

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As well as losing memory of events within your life, DID can also force you to forget menial memories too. Can't remember what you had for tea last night? Or which route you took home from work yesterday? What time did you wake up this morning? This can be a classic symptom of DID.

You don't know yourself anymore

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Part of living with DID can be the fact that the sufferer no longer feels a sense of self, particularly because there is more than one self living within them. It's actually a fact that just because someone has DID doesn't mean they'll never recover from it as these illnesses are often short lived.

You are feeling physical pain a lot less

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DID is a disorder in which the person dissociates themselves in order to heal or avoid certain traumas they have experienced as a child. Because of this, they become more and more distanced from their feelings and emotions, and this includes the feeling of physical pain too.

You've become a lot more anxious than you used to be

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DID can come hand in hand with a number of mental health disorders and one of he major ones is anxiety. Have you noticed that you are starting to feel that gut-wrenching pang of anxiety more often recently? If you think you might be suffering from anxiety, consult your doctor.

People are beginning to call you "delusional"

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Did you know that being delusional is actually a disorder? Well, it can sometimes be coupled with DID, and comes in multiple forms like jealous or grandiose types. It's essentially when the person can't decipher the difference between what's reality and what's not.

You find yourself disorientated more than you should

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People who suffer from DID have reported that they have more feelings of disorientation now. They can find it hard to figure out where they are or how they get there which obviously forces panic and anxiety to kick in as well. DID can be quite debilitating for some.

You've become depressed

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Like anxiety, depression can also be a mental health condition that's connected to experiencing DID. Because it can be so hard to diagnose DID, WebMD estimate that people are stuck in the mental health system for seven years before getting a proper prognosis.

You're using substance abuse to overcome your disorder

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Experiencing DID can force people to look to harmful behaviors to inhibit the symptoms they're experiencing. This means that you might find yourself turning to alcohol or drugs in order to pass the time and dampen the overwhelming feelings you're experiencing. Talk to someone if you think you're having substance abuse issues.

You're becoming addicted to certain activities

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Not only is substance abuse an issue for those suffering with DID, there's other harmful and addictive behaviors they can look to and one of these could be gambling, although they could stretch to sex, infatuations, eating disorders etc. Beware of these harmful behaviors before it's too late.

You're starting to isolate from your circle of friends

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It's easy for those with DID to start cutting off close friendship ties because they feel like it would be better than trying to explain how they're feeling to their friends. If you think that this might be you then look to talk to a professional who can help you with your diagnosis.

You don't know what your interests and passions are anymore

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Part of not understanding who you are anymore is losing interest in the things you used to love and enjoy doing, or even not knowing what those things are anymore. Sufferers have reported that they don't feel a sense of self anymore because they just don't know who they are.

Your perception of others feels skewed or almost impossible

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As much as feeling like you don't know who you are anymore, you might feel as though you don't know who anybody else is anymore too. This can mean that you're seeing people differently than you did before and you don't recognize them physically or emotionally.

You're experiencing high levels of stress in your personal life

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Stress is one of the biggest factors when it comes to developing DID, and life can come with a lot of stress. Whether it be juggling your home life with relationships or stressed about family members and cars, it can take it's toll on our bodies and this is an example how.

You're under a lot of pressure at work

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Being under pressure at work to perform well and quick can be the biggest indicator of stress. After all, work is usually our only means to live, so you don't want to mess it up, but sometimes all the stress can just get too much, leading to developing mental health disorders.

You find that you can't handle the stress like you used to

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After actually experiencing the stress as both above points detail, you might realize that your coping mechanisms for being stressed just aren't working anymore. This can lead to our bodies shutting down and eventually developing disorders like DID.

You withdraw from complex situations

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When things become too complicated in life like work, events, relationships, those with DID might just find it easier to withdraw rather than face the situation head-on like most others. This can lead to many other issues like poverty, depression and harmful behaviors.

You've lost motivation to do anything you enjoy

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While those with DID can sometimes not remember what made them content, they might still remember. However, there's no motivation there anymore to partake in activities that used to make them happy and joyful and instead it's easier to just do nothing.

You have recently experienced significant levels of trauma

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DID is more often than not instigated by serious levels of trauma. If DID is something you think you have recently begun developing, ask yourself whether you remember any intense and stressful trauma recently in your life. Figuring out the route cause might help you overcome the disorder.

You can no longer remember traumatic events from your life

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Just like the above, DID can cause people to actually repress those memories and feelings of trauma, making it that little bit harder to fully understand why you might be suffering from DID in the first place. If you think you might be repressing traumatic memories speak to a professional.

You were neglected as a child

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Child neglect and abuse are massive factors when it comes to developing DID as a teen or adult, and more often than not this is the route cause of childhood trauma. Do you remember much from your childhood? Do you think you were devoid of love and neglected?

You feel that dissociating is your way of protecting yourself

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Dissociating yourself from life is essentially a defense mechanism. It's something that your body does when it feels like it's under attack. Dissociating in this way is massively linked to dissociative personality disorder (naturally) and shouldn't be ignored.

There are some unexplained things going on in your life

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Are you leaving your belongings in places you've never left them? Are there messages on your phone you don't remember sending? Parcels turning up you don't remember ordering? Not being able to explain these situations and having frequent blackouts is definitely a symptom of DID.

You have sudden severe flashbacks to your trauma

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Repressing childhood trauma, or trauma in general, can often lead to those intense emotion and memories coming back to you when you are triggered by something. Being triggered and having flashbacks is a huge example of experiencing DID and you should consult a doctor if you feel this may be you.

You're hallucinating things that aren't there

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Hallucinations (like this one) can be scary, that's for sure. People with DID report seeing things that aren't actually there, which is pretty similar to the point on delusions. Hallucinations shouldn't be ignored and could potentially be harmful to yourself or others.

There's been a sudden change in your physical and mental capabilities

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Believe it or not, DID can have a very physical impact on your body and you might find that you're no longer able to do all the things you used to be able to. Have you noticed a change in your physical capabilities recently? If so, get yourself checked out!

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