Resilience in Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Literature Review

Saturday, March 24, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This presentation reviews the literature about resilience in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).  Resilience is the process of bouncing back and recovering fully from challenging experiences; it is also the capacity to continue forward in the face of adversity.  DID is a form of pathological dissociation that may result from exposure to severe and prolonged trauma.  The following questions guided this research: Are DID and resilience studied together? What are the findings in the literature? Specifically, Do persons with DID show resilience? General and specialized psychological and psychiatric databases were searched.  The keywords used were the following: Dissociative Identity Disorder, resilience, resiliency, severe trauma, growth. Boolean phrases were also used.  Resilience and Dissociative Identity Disorder are studied together.  A low number of articles and books were found that contained both terms. Dissociation may be a protective factor in response to trauma.  Persons with DID show resilience in particular ways.  Also, there is a focus on the need to promote resilience in treatment.  Recommendations stress the need to strive for research on the positive side of trauma exposure.  

Marie Torres

Adjunct Faculty
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Manati, Not Applicable, Puerto Rico

Doctor Marie Torres is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Puerto Rico. She is also Adjuct Professor at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. She is certified in complex trauma and dissociation by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.