Is anyone out there suffering from RolePlay induced Dissociative Identity Disorder?
The proposed diagnostic criteria for DID in the DSM-5 is:
Disruption of identity characterized by two or more distinct personality states (one can be the host) or an experience of possession, as evidenced by discontinuities in sense of self, cognition, behavior, affect, perceptions, and/or memories. This disruption may be observed by others, or reported by the patient.
Inability to recall important personal information, for everyday events or traumatic events, that is inconsistent with ordinary forgetfulness.
Causes clinically significant distress and impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
The disturbance is not a normal part of a broadly accepted cultural or religious practice and is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., blackouts or chaotic behavior during alcohol intoxication) or a general medical condition (e.g., complex partial seizures). NOTE: In children, the symptoms are not attributable to imaginary playmates or other fantasy play.
These specifiers are under consideration:
a) With pseudoseizures or other conversion symptoms
b) With somatic symptoms that vary across identities
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See Also: “Identity and dissociation in cyberspace. A case of dissociative identity disorder associated with internet role playing” - http://ukpmc.ac.uk/abstract/MED/15864517/reload=0;jsessionid=7bcfExpHsIrdrC ymKZwp.10
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