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Postby vinaya » Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:40 pm

hey all
hope lifes good :) :)
right now that the niceties r over, do tell me what exactly happens in case of multiple personality disorder to the brain.does it really 'split' up and each part functions independent of the other part :?:
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Postby brambles » Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:31 pm

hi, im new as well, hope ul enjoy it here! anyway from what i gather multiple personality disorder is not exactly a myth but its not been proven yet, some people still think its just some wierd variaton on schitsophrenia (if ive spelt it right) or the people who show the characteristics of it think they have it but its just thier imagination or something, but the brain doesnt split in 2, i think each character is hidden somewhere in the mind and when the person feels an extreme emotion a specific character comes out, if uv seen the film "fight club" i think its like that.(a seriously cool film but not for the faint hearted) im not sure and i could just be talking a lot off poo but there u go :shock: . dont take me up on anything. hope its slightly helpful
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Postby Winter » Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:46 pm

Generally today, multiple personality disorder is not considered a genuine disorder. Ok, perhaps i phrased that wrong. The fact is, MPD is usually brought out in the patient by patient-psychologist collaboration.

This disorder has nothing to do with the brain, rather it has to do with the patient having a very troubled childhood ususally characterized by abuse of some form. The child 'redraws' their mental boundaries; in essence they create another 'self' so that they will not have to endure the abuse they are going thru, rather their other 'self' will take the emotional burden. This is a sort of mechanism they use to remain sane, however this other self does not manifest itself and take independant action. Its simply a form of escape. As they grow older, in the case of MPD, they remain troubled and seek the help of psycologist who, thru their attention, and sometimes sympathy, provoke more obvious symptoms of MPD out of the patient. The patient is essentially encouraged to behave in a way that manifests MPD and complies, because in a way they feel rewarded or important in a sense. This is why an MPD patient doesn't really exhibit alternate personalities, also known as 'alters', until they have been undergoing therapy for a length of time.

MPD is really just a disorder created and cured by the psychologist himself. Of course, there are some circumstances in the patient to make them logical candidates to become recipients of the disorder, but the fact of the matter is, it doesn't really have anything to do, biologically speaking, with the brain.

There. I hope you found this informative. I have been interested in psychology for a while and thought of taking it before I switched to the goal of pursuing the more concrete profession of medicine. Especially after watching too many psycho-thrillers... :lol:
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Postby b_d_41501 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:47 pm

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Postby lp08 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:38 pm

I disagree. First of all, it's not called Multiple Personality Disorder anymore, it's called Dissociative Identity Disorder. Secondly, it is a diagnosable mental disorder and occurs in places all over the world. Thirdly, it has nothing to do with schizophrenia or Fight Club; it is a coping mechanism (think along the lines of partial PTSD) for people dealing with an acute (possibly prolonged) stressor which cripples many facets of their life. There has been controversy surrounding the use of therapy (hypnosis) with clients who exhibit the signs of DID, and it could be possible that some therapists take advantage of the fragile state of their clients and suggest DID, but it probably happens less likely than the media would tend to have you think. There are many ways that DID manifest in the body that cannot be described by a "patient-therapist" ploy to get a diagnosis. Those things include different speech patterns and writing samples (obviously present before going to therapy), a loss of childhood memories, psychic headaches, confusion etc. Many many studies involving biology have been conducted on people exhibiting signs of DID. They have come up with varying brain image patterns depending on the personality that is in control of the body at the time of the brain scan, pregnancy symptoms can come and go with changing personalities, and due to the varying brain systems at work, medical intervention is typically futile etc etc etc. It's good that you pursued the more "concrete profession of medicine," Winter--obviously your knowledge of psychology is diddly-squat.

If you really want to take a look into what DID entails, read the book "When Rabbit Howls" by The Troops (yes, her other "personalities" wrote the book) for Truddi Chase.
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Re: multiple personality disorder

Postby Findthesoul » Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:03 am

HI Ip08,

I read 'When rabbit howls' it touched me deeply. Has there been much research done on DID (although I think the original name is closer to the truth)?
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