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Is addictive behavior an aspect of multiple personality?

  • Yes, it can be thought of that way

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • No, addiction is controllable, and not "dissociative"

    Votes: 1 33.3%
  • No, you remember an addiction, so it is not of a "dissociative identity"

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  • How is addiction a symptom of dissociative identity?

    Votes: 2 66.7%

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Are "out-of-control" behaviors symptoms of multiple personality disorders?

People usually associate multiple personality disorders, or dissociative identity disorders, with something more bizarre, like having an adult slip into the mind of a five year old. In a similar case, can it be argued that addictions, and behaviors that appear "out-of-control", be symptoms of multiple personality disorder? An individual might appear fine in the beginning, and they do everything they need doing, yet be out-of-control with normal day operations a few months later. Behaviors that interfere with normal day operations can appear simple, like spending too much time online (internet addiction), gaming (game addiction), eating (food addiction), or more serious like alcohol or drug abuse. The reason for declaring these behaviors that of a dissociative identity, is because the person appears to lack control over what they are doing; it is almost like they are following an instruction. Multiple "personalities" have been linked to mental abuse, which forces the person to assume another identity, so as to protect the original.

If addictive behaviors are self-harming, and stem from lack of control from the individual due to past trauma, would that be one aspect of a dissociative identity? What are your opinions? Thank you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociative_identity_disorder

This idea has occurred to me while reading the book A Course in Miracles, in which it talks about the "created self" ("ego"), and the "true self" ("Holy Spirit").
 

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I don't really know how to respond to your poll because the issue isn't binary. The problem with DID is that it is usually hand in hand with other psychological issues. DID might be a symptom of another disorder; it might be the cause of a disorder. Same with addiction issues. Addiction can be a coping mechanism, just like DID and its variants; addiction can also be a symptom of something else entirely. Having an addiction doesn't mean you have DID; having DID doesn't mean you are an addict.
 

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Obviously it can be. It's also possible one might feel that it's the case, given that addictions can sometimes take on your life, as if a foreign entity, and have such a power that one might think that they do not belong to this consciousness and this body...even when they do.

But this is a very controversial area, because one first would need to get diagnosed with DID, and then to also have addictions be related to that diagnosis. It's possible in theory, but I think in reality psychiatrists are probably going to look first at more likely causes for addiction and person's feelings about having no control over them.
 

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If addictions and other out-of-control behaviors are treated as dissociative identity, then to cure the addiction, one must find how the person assumed another identity, and what he must do to get back the original. One has to ask how that person was like many years ago, before the addiction. This is not about whether the addict has dissociative identity disorder (DID), because addiction is a symptom of DID.
 

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If addictions and other out-of-control behaviors are treated as dissociative identity, then to cure the addiction, one must find how the person assumed another identity, and what he must do to get back the original. One has to ask how that person was like many years ago, before the addiction. This is not about whether the addict has dissociative identity disorder (DID), because addiction is a symptom of DID.
My understanding of DID must be different from yours. DID is a broad term for a variety of dissociative disorders ranging from emotional detachment to fugue states. One doesn't necessarily lose one's identity, or even form a different identity. Addiction isn't necessarily a symptom of DID but may co-exist with it. But not always. For example, I have DID but I do not have an addiction. My late husband had multiple addictions but did not have DID. In his case, the addictions were symptoms of multiple issues but his therapist and psychiatrist did not treat the addictions; they treated the underlying causes of the addictions.
 

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Lack of self-control and drug abuse predilection are most likely the result of poor introspection. Which seems quite rational to have a high correlation with a personality disorder which involves the rejection of one's original identity altogether.
 
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