A few days back, I read a news article which kept me confused for some days. It was about Ansel Bourne, who was a Clergyman who was missing from his native place for two months and was later on found in strange situation in Norristown. One day Ansel drew $500 from his bank and boarded a Pawtucket car and disappeared for two months, later his nephew received a telegram saying that a man claiming to be Ansel was in Norristown and was acting strangely. But in fact Ansel was not behaving strangely but he had found himself in a strange town in a small fruit store. His story was really strange for me; it made me think can things happen like this. The story took a twist when it was found that Ansel Bourne was a patient of Multiple Personality. Ansel Broune, who had gone to Norristown and rented a small store, stocked it with candy and fruit and had been doing business there as Mr. Brown, living in the back of his shop. His behavior was normal to everyone. Brown didn’t even know Ansel Broune and it was the same for Ansel. In this case the first personality did not know the second, nor did the second know the first.

This tale about Ansel Bourne made me do a little research on Multiple Personality Disorder. It made me think is there someone else hidden inside us. Multiple Personality Disorder describes a condition in which a person displays multiple identities each with its own prototype of perceiving and interacting with the atmosphere. The individuals diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder shows a variety of symptoms with wide variation. They can show multiple mannerisms, attitudes and beliefs that are not similar to each other, they tend to be short tempered and show sudden anger without a justified reason. They never show intimacy to anyone and try to remain cut off from everything. They have auditory hallucinations of the personalities inside their mind and they have severe memory loss. The patients may also experience an extremely broad array of symptoms that resemble epilepsy, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders and eating disorders.

Studies have revealed that in some patients this disorder developed due to insufficient childhood nurturing, and an innate ability to dissociate memories or experiences from consciousness. A high percentage of patients have been reported child abuse. But child abuse is not the single factor that results in this disorder because there are many patients of Multiple personality who have not reported child abuse. The treatment for Multiple Personality Disorder attempts to reconnect the identities of dissimilar alters into single a identity. The treatment focuses on the symptoms and tends to relieve the grieving aspects of the condition and also ensures the safety of the individual. Treatment methods may include psychotherapy and medications for comorbid disorders.

Some therapist use behavioral treatments such as responding to a single identity and using more traditional therapy once consistent response is established. It has been stated that treatment recommendations that follow from models that do not believe in the traumatic origins of Multiple Personality Disorder might be harmful due to the fact that they ignore the posttraumatic symptomatology of people with Multiple Personality Disorder.

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