Note: Free, on-line tests exist but they are highly unreliable and not recommended.
The following information has been kindly provided by a professional who herself has D.I.D. She is in the U.S.A. and her information applies to that country.
These tests need to be administered by a PhD level Psychologist or other Mental Health Provider (regulations differ from state to state in the US). This is because considerable skill is needed for accurate interpretation of the results. The further removed in culture the person taking the test is from a white, middle class American, the more care is required to interpret the results and the less reliable it is likely to be. Greater accuracy is believed to occur if a professional asks the questions, rather than it being reduced to a pen and paper test. The more tests that are used, the more likely it is that the final result is valid. The tester also needs to be comfortable with the fact that Christians believe it is not unusual to contact angels, demons and God. Otherwise some of the answers could be wrongly interpreted as psychosis or deliberate fabrication.
The larger and more valid tests usually cost several hundreds of dollars ($250–$500+) and unless there is a competent physician who understands the testing and there is a good reason for doing the testing (not just for curiosity’s sake or personal confirmation), most insurance companies do not cover the cost. Also, the tests themselves can be very triggering and can cause some distress.
Another important consideration is who will be seeing the results and what they will be used for. Confidentiality is a must. Professionals understand the importance of confidentiality but it is worth asking about the office procedures regarding handling of client files and who will see your information and for what purpose.
No one should intimidate you into doing anything you feel uncomfortable about. If you feel your questions and concerns are not being given adequate attention, end the appointment and seek someone who will give you the care and respect you deserve.
You have a right to have the test administered in as comfortable an environment as possible where privacy can be maintained. It is your right to view the results of the testing – usually through a summary written by the professional – and have it explained in a non-intimidating, non-judgmental, confidential manner. Furthermore, you have a right to a copy of the summary and to ask for a second opinion.
Tests occasionally undergo revisions that further increase their accuracy. Occasionally, practitioners buy in bulk and could have old stock. It might be worthwhile asking if the lastest revision is being used.
Here are the tests, ranked approximately from the most useful/important for D.I.D. diagnosis down to the least important:
1. MMPI-2-RF: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
This is usually used in conjunction with MCMI-II (see 6. below) but if cost prevents this, MMPI-2-RF alone is still better than not using this test.
“God is the center and source for all healing,” writes the abuse survivor recovering from D.I.D. who compiled this page. Never forget this, even if you receive some help from professionals.
For self-diagnosis and indicators suggesting Dissociative Identity Disorder, understand that alter is a term for a separate “personality” associated with D.I.D., and see How Can You Know if You Have an Alter?
For much more information, see Christian Resources: Index of Help for Dissociative Identity Disorder
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