The International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD), the former name of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), adopted the Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder) in Adults in 1994. However, the Guidelines must be responsive to developments in the field and require ongoing review. The first revision of the Guidelines was proposed by the ISSD’s Standards of Practice Committee 1 and was adopted by the ISSD Executive Council in 1997 after substantial comment from the ISSD membership.
The current revision of the Guidelines focuses specifically on the treatment of dissociative identity disorder (DID) and those forms of dissociative disorders that are similar to DID. It is intended as a practical guide to the management of adult patients and represents a synthesis of current scientific knowledge and informed clinical practice. There is a separate Guidelines for the Evaluation and Treatment of Dissociative Symptoms in Children and Adolescents (ISSD, 2004) available through the ISSTD and published in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. The American Psychiatric Association (2004) has published Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which may be relevant to the treatment of DID.