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Anthony Walker Mrs. Macck Psychology 26 Nov. 01 Dissociative Dissociative In 1994, Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) was changed to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), because of changes in the understanding of the disorder, which resulted in an increased research of trauma-based dissociative disorders.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a major illness affecting 9-10% of the general population, it is very closely related to Dissociative Identity Disorder (MPD) and other Dissociative Disorders (DD).

Dissociation is a mental process which produces a lack of connection in aperson¹s thoughts, feelings, memories, actions, or sense of identity. When a person is dissociating, certain information isn¹t associated with other information, for example, during a traumatic experience, a person might dissociate the memory of the place and circumstances of the trauma and in some cases, a memory gap could surround the experience.

Most people have mild dissociative experiences, like daydreaming or losing themselves in a book or movie, both of these things involve losing touch with conscious awareness of your surroundings.

Chronic dissociation can be things such as Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder, which can result in serious impairments or inability to function.

Dissociative disorders can develop when a person is faced with extremely traumatic situations that they can't escape, they might resort by "going away" in their head. This ability is typically used by children as an effective defense against physical and emotional pain. Through this dissociative process, feelings, memories, thoughts, and perceptions of the experiences can be separated off psychologically, allowing the person to function as if the trauma didn't happen.

Dissociative disorders are also referred to as a highly creative survival technique, because it enables people to endure "hopeless" circumstances to preserve some areas of healthy functioning. However, a person that has been repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted,