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John Roesing Dissociative Identity Disorder Multiple Personality Disorder is the existence within a person of two or more distinct personalities The different personalities are referred to as alters Alters may have experienced a distinct personal history self-image and identity including a separate name as well as age At least two of these personalities recurrently take control of the persons behavior There are a few typical types of alters that a person would produce such as a depressed exhausted host a strong angry protector a scared hurt child a helper and an internal persecutor who blames one or more of the alters for the abuse they have endured Sometimes patterned or named after the actual abuser People most likely to develop DID share several common factors They have endured repetitive and often life-threatening abuse during a developmental stage of childhood The type of abuse can vary or be a combination of physical extreme emotional sexual or Satanic Ritual Abuse How a person creates his or her own inner families is as individual as each person Even though symptoms vary from person to person there are some basic consistencies First one is voices people do hear voices but can be the personalities within communicating with one another Another symptom is physical differences Each alter within a person has their own history personalities that are unique to them body movements facial expressions the way they express verbal communication voice tone pitch and even handwriting differences You might encounter a small child who hides her face and speaks in a childlike voice Another child within the same system of personalities might be gregarious and charming Time loss is quite common in the non-conscious person For the non-conscious person the time losses can be devastating Time loss can occur when something triggers an alter that the host is unaware of The non-conscious person might find himself or herself in a place or talking to
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