Mental health complications in children can be challenging to diagnose as parents often mistake the symptoms as typical child development. If your child is showing signs of multiple personalities, it may be prudent to ask a pediatrician about split personality symptoms seen in children.
Split personality disorder, also known as Dissociative Identity Disorder, is a unique mental health complication in children. Typically, when this type of mental health disorder develops, it does not develop until late adolescence or early adulthood. However, in some cases, split personality symptoms can manifest in grade school children.
Signs of split personality disorder in children often are first recognized by parents when a child expresses a lack of short term memory. While some short term memory loss is normal, if you find that your child’s personality is different when the short term memory loss occurs, then this could be a sign of a split personality disorder complication. In addition, a child with split personality symptoms will also complain, commonly, of body aches, headaches, and express sudden anger that is often not explained or is not at the appropriate level or degree of the circumstances that caused anger.
If you feel your child may have early warning signs of split personality symptoms, then ask your pediatrician for a referral to a pediatric psychologist or psychiatrist. With this referral, your child can undergo a series of tests to determine if there is a mental health complication of concern. In addition, your child’s pediatrician may also want to run blood work and obtain a brain CT scan or MRI to rule out other organic health complications.
Ultimately, if your child is suffering from split personality symptoms, the treatment options will often include pediatric psychotherapy and the use of prescription medications. For many children, the symptoms of split personality can be well controlled but the mental health complication will never resolve and may even become catatonic later in your child’s life. The key to your child’s optimal health will lie in early detection and early treatment of the split personality complications.
Sources: Handbook of Infant Mental Health, by Charles H. Zeanah Jr.