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Multiple Personality Disorder MPD was first recognized in the 1700s but was not understood so therefore it was forgotten Many cases show up in medical records through the years but in 1905 Dr Morton Prince wrote a book about MPD that is a foundation for the disorder A few years after it was published Sigmund Freud dismissed the disorder and this dropped it from being discussed at any credible mental health meetings Since then the disorder has been overlooked and misdiagnosed as either schizophrenia or psychosis Many in the medical profession did not believe that a person could unknowingly have more than one personality or person inside one body even after the in the 1950s Three Faces of Eve was published by two psychiatrist In 1993 records showed that three to five thousand patients were being treated for MPD compared to the hundred cases reported ten years earlier There still are increases in the number of cases being reported as the public learns more and more about the disease There are still many questions left unanswered about the disease like Is it genetic or Is a certain type of personality more vulnerable to the disorder Many aspects of how people come by the disorder are already answered Clark 1993 p17-19 MPD is commonly found in adults who were abused mentally physically emotionally andor sexually as children between birth and 8 years of age The children use a process called dissociation to remove them from the abusive situation Dissociation is when a child makes up an imaginary personality to take control of the mind and body while the child is being abused The child can imagine many personalities but usually there is a personality for every feeling and emotion that was involved during the abuse BoyyM 1998 p1 As an adult the abused child finds it hard to keep track of time and may have episodes of amnesia or other symptoms such as depression auditory
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