College & University support for DID: Weill Medical College of Cornell University, USA

The information below is from the website of Weill Medical College of Cornell University (USA)

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder

What is DID?

DID is the existence within a person of two or more distinct personalities or personality states, each of which may seem as if it has a distinct personal history, self-image, and identity, including a separate name. At least two of these identities or personality states repeatedly take control of the person’s behavior. The different personalities are sometimes called “alters”.

What is Dissociation?
Dissociation is a state in which a person is completely unaware of certain parts or aspects of him or herself. This illness is called Dissociative Identity Disorder because the illness involves states in which a person is aware of one aspect of his/her personality and completely unaware of other parts.

What causes DID?
DID is thought to result from severe and prolonged emotional trauma, physical abuse or sexual abuse during childhood.

What happens to people who have DID?
The life course is variable and the illness is often prolonged. This disorder almost always begins in childhood, although it may not become apparent to others or to the patient until a later age.  …

What is the treatment for DID?
…individual therapy, structure (scheduling one’s time so that there are no long periods of unplanned time), medicines for specific mood or anxiety symptoms, education about the illness, social skills training and group support. Inpatient or day hospitalization may be necessary …

Where can I get more information about DID?
There are books about Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Tracy Alderman and karen Marshall. Amongst Ourselves: A Self-Help Guide to Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. New Harbinger Press, 1998.

Deborah Bray Haddock. The Dissociative Identity Disorder Source Book. McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Sarah E. Olson. Becoming One: A Story of Triumph over Multiple Personality Disorder. 1997.

Accessed 03/14/12. Weill Medical College of Cornell University


Although Weill College has dissociative identity disorder definitions, causes, and treatment opinions, I was unable to find a specific program that addresses this alleged disorder.

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