Dissociation : Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 003-009 : Diagnosis of Childhood Multiple Personality Disorder
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From the recent surge of interest in multiple personality disorder (MPD), proliferation of clinical and scientific publications on the subject has emerged. MPD is understood to have its roots in childhood; however, little is known about this condition in youth. In many of the reports of childhood MPD the subjects fall short of meeting the full criteria as applied to adults. In this paper checklists of signs and symptoms of MPD in youth are compared. These checklists are organized into symptom groups. Case vignettes of childhood MPD which recently have been reported by several authors are compared to these signs and symptoms. Most significantly, a set of diagnostic criteria which may be applied to children and adolescents with dissociation and major behavior disturbances and who may or may not have MPD have been proposed. The suggested designation for these diagnostic criteria is dissociation identity disorder.