Yes, you can have both diagnoses at the same time. I have had both although now are well under control due to many years of therapy and medication. Don't know what the DSM IV has to say about the dual diagnosis but in my experience one is more a biochemical imbalance while the other is a learned response to trauma. Therefore can occur mutually exclusive of one another.
Hi Jda, Just to clarify, DID is also known as Multiple Personality Disorder, and is less common than the other 4 types of Dissociative Disorders (Depersonalization DO, Dissociative Amnesia, Dissociative Fugue, Dissoc. DO NOS). But, the Dissociative Disorders are often intermingled and confused, even though each is very specific within itself; And yes, with DID, there is often comorbidity or another disorder(s) present. Bipolar is a Mood Disorder, and can most definitely co-occur with DID. Personality DO's are helped primarily with certain types of therapy (cog.behavioral) and can be tough to treat, while a mood disorder is typically medicated in conjunction with therapy. These are all generalizations, but my practice was in Dual Disorders. Hope that helps! Jillian
This really is a question for a specialist but you have an answer from one person which is specific. Laura I think it is.
I'd ask your shrink. And if they don't know then try another one. But they should know. Where did you get this diagnosis from? That's the place or person to ask the question of.
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