dissociative identity disorder

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dissociative identity disorder

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It describes a child who adapts to childhood sexual abuse by creating alternate personalities to protect herself.
Abigail's (Marci Miller) alternate personalities came into existence on the NBC soap after Andre's (Thaao Penghlis) murder, and have since wreaked a large amount of havoc on both her life and the lives of others.
Schumann, who was afflicted with what would probably be diagnosed today as a severe form of bipolar disorder, wrote much of his music with the help of his imaginary alternate personalities, Florestan (passionate and outgoing) and Eusebius (dreamy and inward).
At the time of intake, she had been diagnosed with three alternate personalities. By the end of my rotation, about a year later, she was reported to have nearly 20.
The result, however, was that the vast majority of CSA victims, who suffer in many ways but do not develop alternate personalities, disappeared from public view.

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