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Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 20:72–88, 2009 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 0897-5353 print/1540-4080 online DOI: 10.1080/08975350802716566

Journal 1540-4080 0897-5353 WJFP of Family Psychotherapy, Vol. 20, No. 1, January 2009: pp. 1–25 Psychotherapy

FAMILY THERAPY AND MENTAL HEALTH, Edited by Malcolm MacFarlane, M.A.

A Systemic Approach to the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder
S. Pais Systemic Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder

SHOBHA PAIS

Department of Family Medicine, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Although dissociative identity disorder (DID) continues to be questioned by some clinicians, those who work with this population understand the complexity of this disorder. Most often DID clients undergo predominantly individual psychotherapy to help them integrate their fragmented parts or personalities usually taking an average of 5 to 7 years. Although there is limited literature on the use of systemic therapy with DID clients, family therapy approaches can be used to conceptualize the treatment of the DID client and their family members. This article discusses how individual psychotherapy from a systemic perspective can be applied to treat DID while family systems therapy can be used to help educate the client’s family about DID, the process of treatment, as well as how to recognize and become prepared for any symptoms of recurrence. The internal family systems model of therapy with a DID client is discussed through a case example. KEYWORDS dissociative identity disorder, family therapy, internal family systems approach

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), which was formerly known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is a disorder in which an individual has the presence of two or more identities or personality states. These personality states may have distinct names, temperament,…...

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