Do you experience persistent and severe personality shifts? Have you had difficulty remembering everyday occurrences or important life events? You may have a rare psychological condition called dissociative identity disorder.
A common question associated with regular personality shifts and memory loss is, “Do I have dissociative identity disorder?” or, “Dissociative identity disorder is a mental condition listed in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) under the dissociative disorders class.
The condition is rare and affects between 1 and 2 percent of the adult population. The DSM-5 cites one study that found 1.5 percent of participants to have had dissociative identity disorder for at least 12 months. While uncommon, the disorder can significantly impact a person’s life.
Dissociative identity disorder is often called multiple personality disorder. The condition involves possessing two or more distinct personality states. The presence of numerous personalities causes a disturbance in identity and affects a person’s behaviors, memory, speech, perceptions, and motor function. Dissociative identity disorder develops largely due to traumatic events or overwhelming experiences of childhood abuse.
The DSM-5 lists specific criteria to help identify whether someone has dissociative identity disorder. The Recovery Village’s self-assessment quiz can help determine whether your experiences match the symptoms of the condition.
The Recovery Village offers digital self-assessment quizzes to help identify the presence of various conditions, such as substance use or mental health disorders. Taking the dissociative identity disorder self-assessment quiz can provide insight into whether someone is experiencing symptoms of dissociative identity disorder, such as a disruption in self-identity, control of one’s actions, and other standard functions.
The Recovery Village’s dissociative identity disorder quiz uses information from the DSM-5 to provide accurate diagnostic criteria for the disorder.
However, the results cannot replace a clinical diagnosis from a medical professional. Use the findings of this quiz for insight into whether you may have dissociative identity disorder and how it affects your life. Address further questions to a mental health professional. If your dissociative identity disorder is connected to substance abuse, contact The Recovery Village for information on how to receive professional treatment for both issues.
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