Q. Why does my friend forget her own identity?

Answered by
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 03, 2016 and last reviewed on: Dec 08, 2021

Hello doctor,

I have a friend suffering from identity confusion. I read what DID is, but I found the symptoms too extreme in describing her case. She resorts to creating several characters to identify what she is feeling. Each character has its likes and dislikes and people it trusts. She usually has a smooth change between characters, but this time the change is not going smoothly. She does not have a memory problem in remembering what each character did. I have tried to advise her to seek professional help, but she cannot seek help due to personal reasons. I wanted to ask if you could give me a clearer image of her case and how I can help her through the change and make it smoother. She has been living through her characters for a long time and does not know who she is. This is one of the main reasons for her confusion and frustration. She is disgusted by herself and feels this is not normal. Please help.



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Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a rare psychiatric disorder in which individuals develop two or more personalities in their life. The identity of one character is usually not known by others, and the disorder is not commonly seen and is difficult to diagnose. She shows different behaviors, but she remembers what she did in other personalities. This almost rules out the identity disorder. Yes, she could be showing such behavior due to some underlying psychological conflict and should be evaluated. Please try to persuade her to visit a psychiatrist for help. A psychiatrist will diagnose, and she will improve in her symptoms. Antidepressants and Benzodiazepines can help to improve her symptoms.

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