Multiple Personality Disorders

Topics: Dissociative identity disorder, Personality psychology, Psychological trauma Pages: 3 (1061 words) Published: October 8, 1999
"Multiple Personality Disorders"

Sometimes people undergo traumatic experiences in their lives that are either physical or mental and maybe even a combination of both. If the experience was so intense, and so horrible, that the mind didn't want to remember it, or possibly didn't know how to deal or cope with it, then that one experience has the power to split a person's mind into "another personality". If this happens, the other personality or personalities come out when a person who has MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) is put in a situation that he/she doesn't know how to handle or feels that the other personality can handle it better. People suffering from MPD also have the risk of developing some symptoms of MPD that include fugue and amnesia. Fugue is the loss of identity in which the person suffering from fugue would not know who they are, who their family and friends are, where they worked, etc. Amnesia is a temporary loss of memory. If a person experiences amnesia they are not going to remember a specific event or experience in their life. People with amnesia know who they are but do not know of a traumatic event that happened in their life. If someone has MPD then fugue and/or amnesia are most likely present as well. I will be writing brief descriptions of a few people who suffer from multiple personality disorder. Gretchen, John, Barb, and Beth plus are all people diagnosed with MPD.

Gretchen is a thirty-four year old woman and has been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. Gretchen has three personalities, one is her, another is called "Myself", and the third personality is "Enigma". "Myself" concentrates better, and she comes out when Gretchen is having a bad day. She deals with Gretchens problems better then Gretchen can. "Myself" makes attempts to kill Gretchen. She cuts herself repeatedly and doesn't know why. "Myself" also relives the abuse that was done to Gretchen as a child. "Enigma" is the evil...
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