Can a stroke affect only one personality in someone with multiple personalities?

Question by FieldMouse: Can a stroke affect only one personality in someone with multiple personalities?
This is strictly conjecture on my part. My recently deceased mother had a serious stroke. The day I brought her home from the hospital, I was in the kitchen and heard a young girl’s voice coming from her room. A perfect, clearly ennuciated sentence, though I couldn’t tell what she said. I don’t know if my mom had MPD but I’d always suspected it. A psychiatrist said that it would have been impossible, if she did have that condition, to speak clearly considering the expressive aphasia. Again, this is all conjecture on my part. My mother was an excellent woman but changed behaviors so quickly.
Any thoughts from a neurologist or anyone in the medical field?

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Answer by nemitta24
I am not in the medical field, but I myself have multiple personalities and have found that whatever bodily disease I have usually effects the others. What may have happened with your mother is that she attempted to speak and get your attention, but it came out differently then her own voice because of the stroke. There isn’t any way for most people to know if they have a multiple personality because alot of people are able to incorperate them into one entity, unless they get extremely upset which may cause them to “go inside” themselves and another “person” will take over to handle whatever situation upset them. I know from experience that as long as I get time to myself and can be myself then I have no trouble with any one personality “taking over”. If your Mom had multiple personalities then the stroke may have been so stressful that a personality with a stronger will may have taken over long enough to say what she had to say. There are some things in this world that even doctors and psychology can’t explain.

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    x_bunny_pet_x May 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I have a couple of friends who are DID. When one of their ‘personalities’ gets sick, not all of them do. Some have things like: high blood pressure, phobias, even colds and the rest don’t. *shrugs* I would say its possible.

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    MakersDozn May 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Agreeing with what the others have said. It is possible. We ourselves don’t have obvious differences in the health of those inside, but we do have those who tend to get sick more often than others. Some will feel the sickness more acutely than others inside, and still others will not feel sick at all.

    As always, it’s best to get the opinion of a qualified health professional.

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