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Multiple Personality Disorder MPD or DissociativeIdentity Disorder DID was first acknowledged in the 1700sbut was not understood so therefore it was forgotten Manycases show up in medical records through the years but in1905 Dr Morton Prince wrote a book about MPD that is afoundation for the disease A few years after it waspublished Sigmund Freud dismissed the affliction and thisdropped it from being discussed at any credible mentalhealth meetings Since then the disorder has been overlookedand misdiagnosed as either schizophrenia or psychosis Manyin the medical profession did not believe that a personcould unknowingly have more than one personality or personinside one body even after the in the 1950s Three Faces ofEve was published by two psychiatrist In 1993 recordsshowed that three to five thousand patients were beingtreated for MPD compared to the hundred cases reported tenyears earlier There is still as increase in the number ofcases being reported as the scientific community learns moreand more about the disease and the public is becoming moreand more aware of this mental disorder There are still manyquestions left unanswered about the disease like Is itgenetic or Is a certain type of personality morevulnerable to the disorder but many aspects of how peoplecome by the disorder are already answered Clark 1993p17-19 MPD is commonly found in adults who wererecurrently abused mentally physically emotionally andorsexually as young children between birth to 8 years of ageThe child uses a process called dissociation to removehimherself from the abusive situation Dissociation is whena child makes up an imaginary personality to take control ofthe mind and body while the child is being abused The childcan imagine many personalities but usually there is apersonality for every feeling and or emotion that wasinvolved during the abuse BoyyM 1998 p1 As an adultthe abused child finds it hard to keep track of time and mayhave episodes of amnesia Other symptoms that will appear inadults with MPD are depression auditory and visualhallucinations hearing voices and suicidal thoughtsAnother major
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