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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
8
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction tiredness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
slowed thinking
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog daytime sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for dissociative identity disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks
Total evaluations
7
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
anxious mood heartburn
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness tiredness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
  • 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 7
20s 83
30s 102
40s 131
50s 132
60s 65
70+ 15
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 216
20-29 years 38
30-39 years 27
40-49 years 13
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 54
Female 484

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 341
Not Diagnosed 36

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