Dissociative identity disorder

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What is dissociative identity disorder?

Dissociative identity disorder is a dissociative disorder involving a disturbance of identity in which two or more separate and distinct personality states (or identities) control the individual's behavior at different times.

Common symptoms reported by people with dissociative identity disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with dissociative identity disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
11
Tried for
dissociative identity disorder (11) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4

Data from patients with dissociative identity disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with dissociative identity disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for dissociative identity disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
switching alters
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
dissociative identity disorder (11) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction tiredness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
depressed mood suicidal behavior 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint nausea 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for dissociative identity disorder (8 evaluations)
Side effects
depression with suicidal thoughts mood swings
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation increased energy
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
increased sleepiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with dissociative identity disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has dissociative identity disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 9
20s 84
30s 88
40s 104
50s 122
60s 33
70+ 8
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 203
20-29 years 33
30-39 years 25
40-49 years 13
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 287
Not Diagnosed 34

These charts show data from dissociative identity disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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