“Because DID is not as researched as other psychiatric disorders, it’s not the first mental illness on a doctor’s mind when a patient comes in for diagnosis,” Lewis-Fernández says. “In many cases, not only are the symptoms subtle, but there’s usually amnesia involved so people don’t always remember their symptoms.”
Also, a lot of the symptoms can be attributed to other mental illnesses, such as stress, anxiety, depression, he says. And as for hearing internal voices, he explains that those can be attributed to schizophrenia or a psychotic disorder. It’s a hard diagnosis to make, and that’s why so many people with DID will have up to seven or eight misdiagnoses before getting the accurate one, he says.
“I’ve been through a lot of diagnoses; schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar I, and more. Some professionals don’t even agree that this condition exists. This has made my recovery even longer and more meandering”