“Oh, DID, that’s really rare, isn’t it?”

“Dissociative identity disorder is not rare; it is thought to occur in 1% to 3% of the worlds general population.” International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults, Third Revision. From http://isst-d.org

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Life as a Committee

I was officially diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder in 2010. I say “officially” because a diagnosis from a psychologist seems to mean very little to the government employed mental health professionals in Australia. My private psychologist had told me back in 2009 that I had DID, but it wasn’t until 2010 that a private psychiatrist confirmed the diagnosis.

Since then I hear, on a regular basis, how “rare” or “unusual” this disorder is. I’m aware of the unusual, weird, crazy factor! DID is strange. It’s not something most people know about, let alone are comfortable contemplating.However, “rare” is absolute rubbish.

I’ve done some digging on various sites and have come up with some statistics for you. It’s a bit difficult to compare given that some are new cases diagnosed per year and some are given as a percentage prevalence. However, it does give an idea on numbers. All of the…

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2 thoughts on ““Oh, DID, that’s really rare, isn’t it?”

  1. Pingback: Dr Colin Ross: Cause of Multiple Personality Disorder (ie, Dissociative Identity Disorder) | Trauma and Dissociation

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