dissociative identity disorder (DID): anyone with this diagnosis?

Posted by Nancyd @nancyd, Sep 25, 2011

Does anyone have the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder?

@kimspr3

My of medical hospitalizations how I wish I had you as my Nurse!!! Friend. I have PTSD, lots of violence and more. Including AKA Susie.

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Hi, @kimspr3 – I'm sorry to hear about the violence in your past. I do recall your mentioning that. I can't even imagine how that might cause so much pain all the way to the present day.

Do you have a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder, @kimspr3?

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@kimspr3
Welcome, I am sorry to hear of your PTSD. If we are writing here on this forum, we all suffer from PTSD. It is now rare for me to get triggered any more.
I am an old RN. 50 years experience in mental health.
I chose to admit myself 5 times to mental hospitals cuz not all of my peeps were nice. This was more towards the end of my healing. The last ones stayed hidden and refused to integrate…UNTIL my mother passed away.
My mom passed on 12/14/10. I completely integrated on 1/11/11. Unfortunately, my husband fell and died on 2/11/11. We had been married almost 41 years.
Today, I am well, happy and I love the life I live. It took me years to get here after my husband died.
I looked up AKA. The definitions I read do not relate to abuse…
Would you care to elaborate on this?
Smiling at you, Bright Wings

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Also Known As. Smiling back

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Great reunion….NO CHALLENGES CAUSED BY ANYONE.
4% Battery, more tomorrow. BW

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As I think someone also pointed out, Dissociative Identity Disorder is the new name given to what used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder. That was changed in the DSM-4 in 1994 because it has more to do with fragmented identities as opposed to the public perception of several personalities inhabiting one mind; something that is very rare.

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There are a surprising number of we D.I.D's around. I am mostly integrated but there are still some that have refused to do so. This is okay as there are times I cannot handle things. Finding a qualified doctor/therapist is difficult. I have had some that did far more harm than good. I am not here at connect very often as there have been more pressing matters. I gave up on doctors and therapists for help with this diagnosis. There were never any alters that caused problems. I am still learning from some of them and some things I will likely never know about. I know I have helpers within that are struggling. Trust vanished and things are what they were and are now. Acceptance is crucial. Hoping others can find the help they need. Abuse and neglect are difficult to overcome. Choose professionals wisely as there are many predators in the mental health system. I learned this the hard way.

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@kimspr3

Also Known As. Smiling back

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Giggling, silly me!

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Parus is right, there are many of us fractured souls around. More than regular folks suspect I am willing to say.
Remember, many NORMAL folks don't want to hear about abuse that is great enough to break children into pieces.
I think the greatest thing I was taught to do was to start journaling. That gave my HELPERS inside a voice. So they could share who and why they were. And then I could help them, they needed to be heard, recognized and thanked for what they did to help the awfulness of what was happening back then.
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Yes, many therapists want to help, and I learned to be wary, cuz they were just practicing on me.
I was one of the lucky ones cuz God always lead me to the next therapist for me. It was folks who lead group therapy I had challenges with.
So I started my own group thru the computer, with many folks in other countries. Oh, did I share I am a
DO WHAT EVER IT TAKES kind of girl? Well, I am!
My memories started in 1986. No therapist was ready for my memories, I will tell you that!
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Last November, I FINISHED my healing. Yes, it was a 33 year journey. Why did I keep going?
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Cuz I was worth it.
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I wish you all well. Bright Wings
Keep coming back cuz we care.

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Hi, @sanchopanza – Thanks for the helpful clarification on Dissociative Identity Disorder as the new name given to what used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect.

This Mayo Clinic information on the condition and the name change also may be helpful https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dissociative-disorders/symptoms-causes/syc-20355215.

@sanchopanza – have you or someone you know experienced Dissociative Identity Disorder?

@parus – you mentioned you are still learning from some of your alters. Will you share more about what you are learning from them?

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@lisalucier That terrible things did happen. The parts experiencing the brunt of abuse are fragile. They need to know they are safe now. I realize it is hard for them to believe. Maybe as hard for them to believe as it is for me to believe the things from the past.

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