The public perception of multiple personality disorder (MPD) is of
a sudden, irreversible and severe change in mental health. In fact,
MPD is usually slow of onset and, with the right care, people can
go on to live fulfilling lives after an episode of MPD.
Diagnosis is a long and complex process and it is reasonable for
HCAs to raise issues of concern about patient behaviour with a
qualified healthcare practitioner.
A basic awareness of the 5 types of symptoms can improve how
and why the HCA or AP interacts with people living with MPD;
these signs and symptoms may differ significantly in intensity and
pattern and vary over time.