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The list below are symptoms and not signs that a person could have D.I.D., they are only indications that you may be suffering with some form of mental health problem that may require professional intervention. However most people who have D.I.D. seem to suffer with these and other symptoms. Please be cautious about "self diagnosis" when reading this page.
Now with that said I feel the need to add here that most, if not all survivors with D.I.D. will more than likely be diagnosed with many other mental disorders either before or during the initial diagnosis of D.I.D., the reason for this is because a survivor may have many alter personalities; who posses their own physical, mental and emotional issues that other alters do not have and aren't aware of. The alters are so separated that they have their own likes and dislikes, illnesses, mental disorders etc.
For instance, one alter can be anorexia while another alter can have other eating disorders. One may even have depression while others don't. So if you are diagnosed with D.I.D. don't be surprised if you are also diagnosed with more and more mental disorders.
A survivor can be consumed with so many mental and physical problems and issues that the true diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder is a difficult task to make. This is why one should not self diagnose. It does take a highly qualified professional to do the correct testing to come up with the D.I.D. diagnosis. Along with a diagnosis from a professional, you might want to research your history. I began by asking people who knew me in childhood and not one person who knew me back then was surprised that I lived with depression, anxiety and physical ailments. My fears and confirmation from multiple people including family members helped me to accept my diagnosis and work through all of the issues that I had to relive in therapy.
Now, some of the symptoms that most survivors with Dissociative Identity Disorder have in common are listed below.
Dissociation - Which is the primary sign of D.I.D. and is exactly what is happening when a person has this disorder, but the presence of alter personalities is the one characteristic that defines multiple (several) personalities.
Amnesia/Severe Memory Loss - A person loses the ability to remember information and events they would normally be able to recall. Even for people with mild symptoms, difficulties in dealing with daily life can take their toll. Patients can experience employment, school, and social problems.
Confusion - A symptom that makes you feel as if you cannot think clearly. You might feel disoriented and have a hard time focusing or making decisions.
Anxiety Disorder - Is a blanket term covering several different forms of abnormal anxiety, fear, phobia and nervous conditions that come on suddenly and prevent pursuing normal daily routines.
Panic Disorder - This is a period of intense fear or discomfort, typically with an abrupt onset and usually lasting no more than thirty minutes.
Agoraphobia - This is the term used to identify people who are afraid of public spaces or of situations often associated with these spaces.
Social Phobia or Social Anxiety - This refers to feelings of fear, apprehension or worry about social situations and being evaluated by others.
Specific Phobia - This is a generic term for a kind of anxiety disorder that amounts to unreasonable or irrational fear or anxiety related with exposure to specific objects or situations.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder - This is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by excessive and uncontrollable worry about everyday things.