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January 26, 2007

Dissociative Identity Disorder Mistaken for Pathological Lying

Here's an interesting Q&A at iVillage.com about pathological lying. The article points out that people with dissociative identity disorder are often mistaken for pathological liars:

Sometimes an individual with dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder, will deny doing things for which they have amnesia (don't remember). In such situations, the person may have no memory of doing X and swear up and down that it didn't happen. But anyone who actually saw the DID individual engaging in the disputed behavior will believe he or she is just lying.

iVillage.com

Also: Visit Pilgrim's Journey to read a blog by someone with dissociative identity disorder.


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I have DID and I have been accused of lying when in fact I just did not remember doing something. It's one of the very embarassing and shameful things about having DID. I hate it when I have said "I promise, I didn't do it" or "I don't remember doing anything like that," and it turns out that I did... it just so happens that I was dissociated while it happened, so I didn't realize it went on. Luckily for me, it's never been anything major-- just things like putting things in the wrong place, or thinking I'd never been somewhere that I actually had been, or talking to someone that I didn't know I'd already met.
(Did that make any sense? What I'm trying to say is, I've never intentionally lied.)

I have been lying for a long time, and now I have caused so much damage to my wife and family. I have to stop as quickly as possibly, so I dont any more problems. I need help, what do I do



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