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Are dissociative disorder and dissociative identity disorder the same?

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Wiki User
10/20/2011

No, they are not the same. Dissociative Identity Disorder is a label given to the "old" Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). A person with Dissociative Identity Disorder experiences separate and distinct personalities within them. Depending on how well defined these personalities are, they may have different likes, dislikes, opinions and even physiological differences. A person with dissociative disorder does not experience separate and distinct personality changes. They may lose track of time, experience amnesia around certain events or experience "out of body" sensations but they are not "DID" ( Dissociative Identity Disorder).