This split personality test is a quick tool that can assess whether you undergo any of the relevant symptoms associated with dissociative identity disorder. You can find more information on multiple personalities below the form.

Instruction: Tick the experiences you can relate to.

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How does this split personality test work?

This is a simple personal assessment test that can show you whether you suffer from a dissociative identity disorder or if you undergo symptoms you need to worry about.

There are 30 sentences that describe such situations and experiences and you are asked to check the ones that best apply to your case.

You can tick as many choices you feel. The result returned will take into consideration the points awarded to these symptoms, in order of their importance and you will get a brief analysis of your situation.

What is the dissociative identity disorder?

Split personality disorder is the term under which we sometimes discuss of the dissociative identity disorder (DID).

This is a mental disorder belonging to the dissociative spectrum that is still observed. Dissociation of this kind is characterized by the existence of at least two identities that are different and are said to take control in turns of a person’s behavior while these episodes are followed by memory impairment.

The person’s identity becomes fragmented in two or more distinct personalities rather then other personalities proliferation from the primary one. Each of these personalities has its own history and identity and it is commonly referred to as alter. Alters can be of different age, cultural background and can contrast widely with the primary identity.

The appearance or taking over by an alter is triggered by certain events or stressors. The appearance frequency can be from one time a day, more times a day or just in particular situations.

The relationship between alters varies as well, from not recognizing their existence, conflict or collaboration. For instance, one person can have two or more alters that switch places in different situations and have completely different experiences.

Diagnosis is still controversial as it is difficult to understand how a person can switch between very different identities.

Dissociative experiences range in mild to severe symptoms but diagnosis and means of analysis are still controversial. There is also a theory in which these moments are triggered in easily hypnotized persons and can appear in response to therapy suggestions.

Research states there is a rate of prevalence of split personality of around 1% in the general population, with a higher rate in women but that there might be a lot more undiagnosed cases.

Causes of split personality disorder

There are no specific causes outlined for DID but most research has evidence that there is a higher possibility of developing such a disorder if there is some kind of sexual or physical abuse.

It is also associated with post traumatic shock disorder (PTSD) while some others claim that even a historic of mental disorders in the family can contribute.

The condition is not fully hereditary but there are chances that the instable domestic climate during childhood to lead to such coping manifestations.

DID symptoms

Amongst the symptoms that appear in this disorder there is the primary identity that is usually oppressed and filled with guilt, there is reluctance in admitting what is happening and exacerbated emotions and sensations.

Some people can be faced with knowing certain facts, people or places without any recollection of ever learning them or meeting those people.

- Common lapses in attention - Inability to focus
- Dissociative amnesia - Reluctance
- Head aches - Fear
- Intrusive thoughts - Avoidance
- Identity alteration - Manipulation
- Derealizations - Parallel lives
- Mood swings - Alcoholism
- Anxiety - Ritualistic behavior
- Depression - Auditory & visual delusions
- Suicidal tendencies - Self harming

DID treatment

The dissociative identity disorder is still a researched and full of controversy condition and so is the implementation of an efficient treatment.

Nowadays the main method is psychotherapy but is known to take a long time to reach a control of the symptoms and this is also said to be the furthest point it can get as this disorder is considered incurable and it does not resolute naturally.

However, modern medicine tries to introduce an innovative technique called EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) that aims to integrate traumatic memories with the patient’s resources in order to reach a different coping mechanism.

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