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Just out of curiosity, what exactly is Dissociative Identity Disorder? Is it exactly how it is portrayed in movies and tv? Is it like a Jeckyll and Hyde? For example, in fight club, the narrator would go to sleep and, thinking hes asleep Brad Pitt's character takes over his body to grow "fight club". Can each different identity exist independent and oblivious to the existence of the others? Or is it something totally different? I honestly can't imagine how a person(s) could survive that... the human body needs sleep doesn't it?

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Dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) is a fairly common effect of severe trauma during early childhood, usually extreme, repetitive physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse.
What is dissociative identity disorder?

Most of us have experienced mild dissociation, which is like daydreaming or getting lost in the moment while working on a project. However, dissociative identity disorder is a severe form of dissociation, a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. Dissociative identity disorder is thought to stem from trauma experienced by the person with the disorder. The dissociative aspect is thought to be a coping mechanism -- the person literally dissociates himself from a situation or experience that's too violent, traumatic, or painful to assimilate with his conscious self.

Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct or split identities or personality states that continually have power over the person's behavior. With dissociative identity disorder, there's also an inability to recall key personal information that is too far-reaching to be explained as mere forgetfulness. With dissociative identity disorder, there are also highly distinct memory variations, which fluctuate with the person's split personality.

The "alters" or different identities have their own age, sex, or race. Each has his or her own postures, gestures, and distinct way of talking. As each personality reveals itself and control's the individuals' behavior and thoughts, it's called "switching." Switching can take seconds to minutes to days.

The above information was copied from WebMD

if you do a search for dissociative Identity disorder you with get numerous hits about it from different sources. I hope this is helpful.
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