Another me : a research study on the Dissociative Identity Disorder patients in Sweden

University essay from Högskolan i Gävle/Avdelningen för socialt arbete och psykologi; Högskolan i Gävle/Avdelningen för socialt arbete och psykologi

Abstract: Dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) often results from severe trauma during early childhood and is considered as the most severe and chronic manifestation of the dissociative disorders. This study aims to explore therapies used on patients with dissociative identity disorder and to obtain an overview of the dissociative identity disorder situation in Sweden according to the experts’ perspectives. To accomplish the objectives, a qualitative research was used and the data came from three interviews with experts in dissociative identity disorder field and a short literature review was conducted. The analysis was guided by the psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural theories with a focus on the meaning of the interview texts. The result shows a positive trend of developments about the situation of dissociative identity disorder in Sweden. At the same time, it proves that social workers in Sweden have a long way to go in this field with therapists major in dissociative identity disorder. When it comes to therapists used by professionals, plenary effective therapies along with innovative therapies would be put in use in dissociative identity disorder field.

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