Can people develop different personalities in response to abuse? Some therapists say up to one percent of the population suffer from dissociative identity disorder. Others say the disease doesn't exist, or is very rare. Two therapists discuss the controversial diagnosis.
Kathy Steele, psychotherapist, clinical nurse specialist, president, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, clinical director, Metropolitan Counseling Services, Atlanta, Ga.
Numan Gharaibeh, MD , staff psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Danbury Hospital, Conn.