48 - Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder)


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“If you were to look at me you’d see a single person…but when we look in the mirror we see us, fragmented identities living in the same body”
Carol Broad (via Caitlyn)

This episode Two Shrinks take a look at Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder) and what it can be like living life with a fragmented sense of self. Join us for a chat about how it’s shown in media vs the diagnosable symptoms, the structure of hosts and alters and, how treatment can begin. We also squeeze in a crash course on dissociation and some recent research on distinguishing those with DID from those feigning it using a memory task. As always we wrap up with TWCA where Hunter laments the perils of daylight saving and Amy rationalises her foggy cognition when hungover


Above quote from chapter 8 of Living with the reality of Dissociative Identity Disorders, edited by Lady Xenia Bowlby https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Living_with_the_Reality_of_Dissociative.html?id=uO9gBAAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y

United States of Tara https://www.sho.com/united-states-of-tara

Fight Club https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/fight-club

Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 5th edition https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsm

Case study https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1078390317705448?journalCode=japa

Dissociation https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319914410_Dissociation_as_a_Trauma-Related_Phenomenon

An interview with Steven Porges about Polyvagal theory - fight, flight, freeze & flop http://www.hartfocus.nl/UserFiles/Nexus%20interview.pdf

Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity https://www.crcpress.com/Attachment-Trauma-and-Multiplicity-Working-with-Dissociative-Identity/Sinason/p/book/9780415195560

Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2012-24057-000

Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2010-10294-000

Detecting DID with memory testing https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327639745_Detecting_Clinical_and_Simulated_Dissociative_Identity_Disorder_With_the_Test_of_Memory_Malingering

Measuring fragmentation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3880957/

Things We Came Across:

Daylight saving and workplace injuries https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/apl9451317.pdf

Impacts of a hangover on mood and cognition https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333807036_Cognitive_performance_and_mood_after_a_normal_night_of_drinking_A_naturalistic_alcohol_hangover_study_in_a_non-student_sample

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