Multiple Personality Disorder – What Is It?


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What Is It?

Multiple Personality Disorder is a mental illness which is an internal conflict of different personality traits within the same person that can display itself in outward actions. Multiple Personality Disorder can be likened to internal voices constantly vying for your attention and telling you what to do. 

Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is also known by different names – Split Personality Disorder (SPD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). It can also be directly linked or closely associated with other mental illnesses like Bipolar and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What Causes It?

Multiple Personality Disorder is caused by a traumatic experience, either experiencing personal trauma or witnessing a traumatic situation, and most times due to repeated traumatic experiences like sexual abuse, physical abuse or warfare that involves threats to life.

Trauma is the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds ones ability to cope with a distressing experience, and as a result, sustains some damage to parts of the brain. Multiple Personality Disorder can be triggered at any time after a traumatic experience weeks, years or even decades later. A lot of Multiple Personality Disorder cases are identified from traumatic experiences in the early childhood years, some in the late childhood / early teenage years of a person, but can be identified at any time in a person’s lifetime.

Is There A Cure?

First of all, if you think you have Multiple Personality Disorder, it’s not a stigma to have this mental illness.

Confide in and talk to someone you know and trust who will be understanding and considerate to what you’re discovering about yourself. Learn a little about the condition to see if what you’re learning is relatable to what you are or have been experiencing, then seek professional help to walk you through the steps of fully understanding this condition and what you must do to help yourself.

Above all, be kind to yourself. Life still goes on, you will have good days and bad days with this to deal with on top, but take it all in your stride. When you’re winning, take the win, but when you’re losing, don’t fight it, accept the loss because maybe tomorrow you’ll back on a winning streak again.


I created this artwork to represent multiple elements that make up the personality of a person. Disorder of these elements makes it hard to understand who or what a person is and this makes an abstract of ones true character.

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