Since many of the symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Schizophrenia are similar (paranoia, severe hallucinations, voices), I wonder how many survivors have been diagnosed incorrectly
After and handful of psychiatrists diagnosed and over medicated my sexually abused 10-year old son, I finally found an EXPERT in the field (http://www.therapistfinder.net/mckenna.html). Dr. McKenna quickly disagreed with the initial diagnosis, took him off the medication and began working with him. Her final diagnosis was Dissociative Identity Disorder secondary to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. While she worked with my son, I was given two important responsibilities..... to create a very structured environment and to hold him accountable for his behavior.
Although I do sense some “switching” going on now and then, he has managed to lead a semi-normal life without medication.
*Hoping its okay to mention the doctors name and type the link*