What Is Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder)?

By Lizzie Duszynski-Goodman, Oct 24, 2022

DID is characterized by the expression of two or more identities, each with their own memories and behaviors. Due to these shifting identities, individuals may experience gaps in their memory and inconsistencies in behavior, says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., a psychiatrist and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine in Menlo Park, California. “Attitudes, preferences and tastes can switch suddenly as [identities] shift… at any moment, the personality ‘in charge’ may be at a loss to explain prior opinions, decisions or even purchases,” he says.

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