Our expert says:
Thank goodness people ARE sceptical about DID, as it is almost always a highly artificial condition created in very suggestible people by naive and fanatical therapists. Alone of all diagnoses, in the hands of an enthusiast therapist the person almost inevitably gets worse, only to improve when therapy stops.
"Blackouts" can be many things and have many different causes, and are not typical of DID. And everyone has a complex personality which may show or express itself differently in differing circumstances, esppecially when under stress.
He is better off having a careful assesment by a normal shrink ( i.e. one who is NOT an enthusiast for DID ) and to be diagnosed according to the general DSM criteria, and treted for whatever diagnosis, if any, is properly made.
If he is for some reason feeling unable to work, that needs to be taken into consideration in such an assessment --- and again, it is vanishingly unlikely to be due to DID
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