Previously referred to Multiple Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) refers to a complex psychological condition that is a result of many factors such as trauma during early childhood. It may also be a result of sexual or emotional abuse, or trauma that is often physical, extreme or repetitive.
You may have experienced mild dissociation that feels like getting lost and daydreaming in the moment when working on a project. Dissociative identity disorder is more severe, mainly a mental process that results in lack of connection in a person’s memories, thoughts, feelings, sense of identity and actions.
You may be wondering if the books on dissociative identity disorder talk of real things. Well, the truth is that the diagnosis is controversial among mental health professionals. Some experts perceive it as an offshoot phenomenon of a psychiatric problem like borderline personality disorder or the result of profound difficulties managing abilities or stresses relating to how people form emotional relationships with other people.
There are a number of books on dissociative identity disorder that you can read to have an in-depth understanding of this condition. Some of these include:
- I am More Than One: How Women with Dissociative Identity Disorder have Found Success in Life and Work–This book gives you insight into the world of a person experiencing DID and understands the function and logic of dissociated parts of the mind.
It also investigates the idea that if you have this condition, you can lead a functional life in both the world and professional workplace with the invaluable assistance of their alters.
- Multiple personality Disorder from the Inside Out–This book captures how people with this disorder and their significant others handle issues relating to diagnosis, therapy as well as maintaining personal relationships.
It represents contributions from 146 people diagnosed with the disorder and those who share their lives with them including therapists, lay readers and clients that are interested in how they can be more supportive of those who suffer from this condition. This book not only validates the feelings and experiences of persons diagnosed with the condition but also explores the post diagnosis journey.
Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)–This is a training manual for patients who are suffering from trauma-related dissociative disorder. It comprises of brief educational pieces, exercises and homework sheets that address ways in which dissociation interferes with essential emotional as well as life skills. Ultimately, it supports inner communication and collaboration with dissociative parts of the personality. Some of the topics covered include understanding dissociation and PTSD, emotion regulation, using inner reflection, coping with dissociative problems that relate to traumatic memories and triggers, coping with relational difficulties and resolving sleep problems related to dissociation among others. Ultimately, this book will help patients of dissociative identity disorder to cope with the many difficulties in daily life. It may be used for individual or group therapy to help patients understand their situation and come out of it.
Kareem Keen is a leading counselor in New York. She enjoys writing books on dissociative identity disorder. She does counselling both for the patients and those living with them. She also blogs during her free time