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Multiple Personality Disorder

What is multiple personality disorder?

Multiple personality disorder is the former name for dissociative identity disorder.

What are dissociative disorders?

A dissociative disorder is the breakdown of one's perception of his/her surroundings, memory, identity, or consciousness.

There are four main kinds of dissociative disorders:

  • Dissociative amnesia
  • Dissociative fugue
  • Dissociative identity disorder (previously called multiple personality disorder)
  • Depersonalization disorder

For more information, see Dissociative Disorders

Reviewed by athealth on February 6, 2014.