Dissociative Identity Disorder is considered a psychiatric condition in which a person displays multiple personalities, which are also known as “alter egos.” Each personality is characterized by a unique pattern of perception and interaction. Even the response patterns of the personalities are different.
For the proper diagnosis of this disorder, the patient needs to display at least two different personalities. Often, Dissociative Identity Disorder accompanies forgetfulness beyond normal memory loss. The diagnosis is confirmed only if the frequency is high, and the disorder is not temporary, nor a temporary result of drug use.
Dissociative Identity Disorder is not accepted by many in the medical field. Some do not consider it a separate disorder or a valid medical diagnosis. The treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder is formulated on the basis of “triggers” that cause changes in personality. For some patients, such triggers include emotional trauma or stress. For others, some incidents, scenes, or happenings seem to be the trigger.
Listed below are the top drugs that work for the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder:
1. Antidepressants: Dissociative Identity Disorders that are linked to depression are treated with antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and monoamine oxidase inhibit (MAO). These medications are supposed to reduce the action of serontonin and norepinephrine — the primary biochemicals that cause depression.
2. Antipsychotics: If the patient displays manic behavior, or if one of the dissociative identities indicates mania, the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder symptoms is through antipsychotic medications. These medications help stabilize mood and act as tranquilizers. These are prescription medications, and are used in the treatment of certain cases of Dissociative Identity Disorder.
3. Mood stabilizers: These medications are used in treating Dissociative Identity Disorder symptoms where at least one of the dissociative identities displays manic episodes. This category of medication stabilizes the mood and controls mood swings. These are the first set of medications used when Dissociative Identity Disorder patients display psychotic behavior.
4, Stimulants: Stimulants are used to stimulate the central nervous system. This category of medications is widely prescribed for Dissociative Identity Disorder symptoms. These are generally used to treat Dissociative Identity patients who suffer from depression, low moods, and fatigue.
This category of medication is used to treat Dissociative Identity patients who exhibit “DID behavior” caused by anxiety. By controlling anxiety, one can reduce the frequency of dissociative identity displays. However, this medication can be addictive in nature and should not be taken without a prescription. The medication should not be discontinued abruptly, but be tapered off gradually.
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