Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

Disability Benefit and Tax Credit for Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)



Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is the psychological disturbance formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) or ‘split personalities’ characterized by a sudden confusion about personal identity, emotions, memories and feelings known as blackouts. The loss of one’s identity is substituted by the creation of a new identity known as analter which takes over the person’s body and mind. In these times, the person exists as a new identity with a different gender, race, age, and personality.

The symptoms of DID cause clinically significant distress and affects interpersonal/social, educational and occupational skills. It may have a noteworthy negative impact on his daily functions such as cognitive/mental and emotional well-being. He may become a danger to himself or to others because the alter may have violent and destructive personalities. He may become incompetent to go to school, to work, to travel, play sports, performs his duties and responsibilities at home and to function normally as a member of society.



The precise grounds of DID is difficult to pin down, however, a psychologically established theory explains that DID is highly linked to tremendous, repetitive strain in the course of childhood. The strain may be physical, emotional, or sexual in nature in which the conscious self is incapable of coping. As with other mental disorders, having a family member with DID augments vulnerability to acquiring DID.



During episodes of blackouts, with an alter taking over, the person maytake upanothername, different identity, and even another domicile. He may engage in complex social interactions and recurrent bouts may hamper him from having a healthy relationship withothers because of identity confusion. The amount of normal sleep he has may also be severely affected as the alter will be unpredictable and might manifest at nighttime. He possibly willgo through emotional anguish and a whirlwind of emotions like panic attacks, mood swings, insufficient rest and sleep, anxiety, phobias and depression.


The duration of blackouts may extend from hours to weeks or months or even more. Sooner or later the person regains his original identity, nonetheless, inability to recall experiencesthat transpired during the blackout phase,an upshot of panic, anxiety,discomfort, grief, depression, shame, doubt, and guilt, aggressive behavior and even suicidal ideations will result.



Psychotherapy coupled with medication is generally regarded as a favorable constituent of successful DID treatment. A psychiatrist may utilize hypnosis or drug-facilitated one-on-one interviews to assist the person deal with interpersonal and inner patterns of managing various situations, conflicts, and moods that precipitated DID blackouts. The psychiatrist will facilitate learning positive coping mechanisms, and healthy habits on regainingself-control. Although it does not warrantlifetime cure, it gives him the power to explore his insights and carry on healthily.


Disability Tax Credits for DID
A person with DID has impaired mental functions; this alters the way he/she carries on with activities of daily living. If someone you care for has this kind of disorder, you can call on the services of Handy Tax. Individuals afflicted with DID (as certified by a medical doctor or a psychologist) may be entitled to a disability tax certificate under the “Mental Functions Necessary for Everyday Life” Section.