DID a brief overlook

I am guessing that I need to explain just a little about some of the symptoms of DID, now I said in the beginning that I wasnt going to do this but as I write this blog I feel that you would better understand the chaos and the lack of direction that you have found here. All the random posts and the inability to get my points across. And I decided to quote one of those articles on DID that I found so helpful, and once again I said that I wasnt going to do that either. But at this point I feel it is necessary to give you just a little bit of information.

Symptoms of DID: This information was taken from http://www.medicinenet.com/dissociative_identity_disorder/

Mind the colors of the rainbow for they hide a darker shadow, the shadow that ties us all, the shadow that walks in amongst us touching each and every mind

Signs and symptoms of dissociative identity disorder include

  • lapses in memory (dissociation), particularly of significant life events, like birthdays, weddings, or birth of a child;
  • experiencing blackouts in time, resulting in finding oneself in places but not recalling how one traveled there;
  • being frequently accused of lying when they do not believe they are lying (for example, being told of things they did but do not recall);
  • finding items in one’s possession but not recalling how those things were acquired;
  • encountering people with whom one is unfamiliar but who seem to know them sometimes as someone else;
  • being called names that are completely unlike their own name or nickname;
  • finding items they have clearly written but are in handwriting other than their own;
  • hearing voices inside their head that are not their own;
  • not recognizing themselves in the mirror;
  • feeling unreal (derealization);
  • feeling like they are watching themselves move through life rather than living their own life; and
  • feeling like more than one person

What is DID:

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a mental illness that involves the sufferer experiencing at least two clear identities or personality states, also called alters, each of which has a fairly consistent way of viewing and relating to the world. Some individuals with DID have been found to have personality states that have distinctly different ways of reacting, in terms of emotions, pulse, blood pressure, and blood flow to the brain. This disorder was formerly called multiple personality disorder (MPD) and is often referred to as split personality disorder. Statistics regarding this disorder indicate that the incidence of DID is about 3% of patients in psychiatric hospitals and is described as occurring in females nine times more often than in males. However, this female preponderance may be due to difficulty identifying the disorder in males. Also, disagreement among mental-health professionals about how this illness appears clinically, and if DID even exists, adds to the difficulty of estimating how often it occurs.

What causes DID:

While there is no proven specific cause of DID, the prevailing psychological theory about how the condition develops is as a reaction to childhood trauma. Specifically, it is thought that one way that some individuals respond to being severely traumatized as a young child is to wall off, in other words to dissociate, those memories. When that reaction becomes extreme, DID may be the result. As with other mental disorders, having a family member with DID may indicate a potential vulnerability to developing the disorder but does not translate into the condition being literally hereditary.

How is DID diagnosed:

There is no specific definitive test, like a blood test, that can accurately assess that a person has dissociative identity disorder. Therefore, practitioners conduct a mental-health interview that gathers information, looking for the presence of the signs and symptoms previously described. Professionals usually gather facts about the individual’s childhood and ask questions to explore whether the symptoms that the client is suffering from are not better accounted for by another mental disorder, dissociative or otherwise. Other types of dissociative disorders include depersonalization disorder (feeling detached from themselves or surroundings), dissociative amnesia (memory problems associated with a traumatic experience), dissociative fugue (abandonment of familiar surroundings and memory lapse for the past), and dissociative disorder, not otherwise specified (episodes of dissociation that do not qualify for one of the specific dissociative disorders just described). As part of the assessment, mental-health professionals also usually ask about other mental conditions and ensure that the person has recently received a comprehensive physical examination so that any physical conditions that may mimic symptoms of DID are identified and addressed.

What are the treatments for DID:

Psychotherapy is generally considered to be the main component of treatment for dissociative identity disorder. In treating individuals with DID, therapists usually try to help clients improve their relationships with others and to experience feelings they have not felt comfortable being in touch with or openly expressing in the past. This is carefully paced in order to prevent the person with DID from becoming overwhelmed by anxiety, risking a figurative repetition of their traumatic past being inflicted by those very strong emotions. Mental-health professionals also often guide clients in finding a way to have each aspect of them coexist, and work together, as well as developing crisis-prevention techniques and finding ways of coping with memory lapses that occur during times of dissociation. The goal of achieving a more peaceful coexistence of the person’s multiple personalities is quite different from the reintegration of all those aspects into just one identity state. While reintegration used to be the goal of psychotherapy, it has frequently been found to leave individuals with DID feeling as if the goal of the practitioner is to get rid of, or “kill,” parts of them.

I do have to comment on the last part of this paragraph about the killing or getting rid of the parts or reintegration, it has been found in my own research that there is no true reintegration or killing off the different aspects of ones self, the only true way to find peace amongst your others is in cooperation, with that I mean that all of your aspects come together to work as a whole. They will always be a part of you for the rest of your life. I find that others will challenge me on this belief and be that as it may, so in this I challenge you to do the research for yourself, read the books and look at the web sites and make an informed decision about this for yourself.

What happens if DID is not treated:

As with other mental-health conditions, the prognosis for people with DID becomes much less optimistic if not appropriately treated. Individuals with a history of being sexually abused, including those who go on to develop dissociative identity disorder, are vulnerable to abusing alcohol or other substances as a negative way of coping with their victimization. People with DID are also at risk for attempting suicide more than once. Violent behavior has a high level of association with dissociation as well. Other debilitating outcomes of DID, like that of other severe chronic mental illnesses, include inability to obtain and maintain employment, poor relationships with others, and therefore overall lower productivity and quality of life.

And finally an over all account of DID:

  • Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly called multiple personality disorder, is an illness that is characterized by the presence of at least two clear personality states, called alters, which may have different reactions, emotions, and body functioning.
  • How often DID occurs remains difficult to know due to disagreement among professionals about the existence of the diagnosis itself, its symptoms, and how to best assess the illness.
  • DID is diagnosed nine times more often in females than in males.
  • A history of severe abuse is thought to be associated with DID.
  • DID has been portrayed in the media in productions like The Three Faces of Eve and Sybil.
  • Signs and symptoms of DID include memory lapses, blackouts, being often accused of lying, finding apparently strange items among one’s possessions, having apparent strangers recognize them as someone else, feeling unreal, and feeling like more than one person.
  • As there is no specific diagnostic test for DID, mental-health professionals perform a mental-health interview, ruling out other mental disorders, and referring the client for medical evaluation to rule out a physical cause for symptoms.
  • Individuals with DID often also suffer from other mental illnesses, including posttraumatic stress disorder, borderline and other personality disorders, and conversion disorder.
  • People who may benefit either emotionally or legally from having DID sometimes pretend to have it, as with those who molest children, have antisocial personality disorder, or in cases of Munchausen’s syndrome.
  • Some researchers are of the opinion that sex offenders who truly suffer from DID are best identified using a structured interview.
  • Psychotherapy is the mainstay of treatment of DID and usually involves helping individuals with DID improve their relationship with others, preventing crises, and to experience feelings they are not comfortable with having.
  • Hypnosis is sometimes used to help people with DID learn more about their personality states in the hope of their gaining better control of those states.
  • Although medications can be helpful in managing emotional symptoms that sometimes occur with DID, caution is exercised when it is prescribed in order to avoid making the individual feel retraumatized by feeling controlled.
  • People with DID may have trouble keeping a job and maintaining relationships and are at risk for engaging in drug and alcohol abuse as well as hurting themselves and others.

I have to remind you that this was borrowed from only one source, the very first source that I came across in my own research, I beg of you to [;ease research for your self find out as much about this disorder as you can. Read with an open mind because you will find out there others who don’t believe that this is even a valid diagnosis and there are so many misconceptions surrounding DID, so please look with an open mind and open heart. Those of us diagnosed with this particular disorder, have not just seen a therapist one time we have met with doctors, psychiatrists, therapists and the diagnosis is not handed out like candy on Halloween, it takes years for us to reach this point. I have hoped that this brief overview has helped in some way for you to better understand the disorder that I have been dealing with over the last several years. Remember this is only from one website.


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