Dissociative Identity Disorder

The diagnosis that was given to Olga was Dissociative Identity Disorder. Although she developed this disorder at a young age, she was not officially diagnosed until she was much older. This started when her and her husband began having issues with the emotional and sexual side of their relationship. Sex was something that always hurt her and triggered her to go into a dissociative state, which made her husband feel as if he was doing something wrong. They saw a therapist who wasn’t of much help. This created a desire for Olga to want to change however, she did not know how (Trujillo, 2011, p. 117-119). Later on about a year later, a rape scene in a movie triggered her and she began experiencing a severe panic attack and was in lots of pain. This then led her to see another therapist who helped her calm down when having a panic attack however as therapy went on her panic attacks became worse. She was then referred to a psychiatrist (Trujillo, 2011, p. 123-125). Eventually in time, the psychiatrist was able to surface several of her different parts which ultimately lead to them speaking of her abuse and she was able to recognize when she dissociated. Before officially diagnosing her the doctor tried to make he understand how strong she was by explaining that her that she developed this ability to dissociate herself as a way of protection which didn’t make her feel like she was crazy. Shortly after, he officially gave her a diagnosis that was Dissociative Identity Disorder and explained that not only did she disassociate but she also created parts outside of her central self to help protect her from severe trauma. This filled her with fear and worry because she did not feel like the smart, successful woman she was anymore and thought that she was going to lose everything that she had (Trujillo, 2011, p. 163-165).
According to the DSM V, the diagnostic criteria for Dissociative Identity Disorder Include: having two or more distinct personalities, the recurrent…

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