Multiple personality disorder is considered to be chronic dissociative psychopathology that will typically develop because of severe childhood abuse. The dissociative component pertains to the manifestation of defense mechanisms that have gotten totally out of control.
Someone that has the biopsychological capacity to mentally dissociate will often escape inward from being a victim of overwhelming abuse or a strong fear of horrific abuse. When prolonged continuing abuse causes dissociations and they are connected by common themes, they lay the foundation for multiple personality disorders.
Although this complex disorder is rooted in childhood, most victims aren’t diagnosed with this disorder until they have reached 20 to 50 years of age. This is why books about multiple personality disorders can be so helpful.
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