Woman with 20 alter egos seeks one voice

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by WILLIAM WRIGHT

Susan Hyder was as shocked as anyone to discover 20 distinct identities were switching personalities inside her delicate mind for decades before she was diagnosed with a rare mental disorder.

Her panic attacks, blackouts, time loss, outer body experiences, suicidal tendencies, phobias and severe chronic depression were finally making sense to her and her husband Chris, once she was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), a condition in which a person displays multiple personalities also known as alter egos.

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Recent figures indicate DID affects as much as 1 percent of the general population and 7 percent of the population may have undiagnosed dissociative disorder. Studies also show women make up the majority of these cases — 90 percent or more.
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