|dc.description.abstract||Awareness due to increase crime has highlighted the occurrence of immense personal and
social problems. Problems resulting from disorders such as Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's and
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) are less common but have a profound impact on all of
us. Research has shown that 97% of people with severe abuse and life trauma before the age
of nine, develop DID.
The objective of this study was to investigate (from the perspectives of therapists) the
experience of people diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) in the workplace.
A qualitative research design was used to capture the essence of the individual's experience
thereby enabling the researcher to develop an understanding from the participant's point of
view. In this study seven therapists were interviewed and each completed a questionnaire.
This was the basis used to demonstrate the typical behaviour of DID in the workplace.
The results indicated that DIDs cope to a certain extent but tend to switch (switching)
personalities when exposed to trauma, stress or events that triggers past life trauma. Defense
mechanisms and switching can have a negative influence on the organisation and its
employees, but most of all on the DID. If professional treatment is available, the condition
can be fully cured.
Most patients treated were female, averaged 29 years of age, were single, and had
experienced some kind of abuse. Patients experienced problems directly related to DID, such
as lack of concentration, attention deficiency and memory loss, depression, migraine and
constant headaches. Their behaviour is inconsistent and unpredictable, and they experience
Results show that DIDs can hold relatively senior positions but tend to change jobs on a
Although this condition can be differentiated from other Psychological conditions, most DIDs
have previously been misdiagnosed. A Psychological-based paradigm is mostly used to
diagnose the condition.
Recommendations to the organisation (especially to the HR department) and
recommendations for future research were made.||