Dissociative Identity Disorder is when there is a disruption of identity characterized by two or more distinct personality states. There must also be recurrent gaps in the recall of everyday events, important personal information and/or traumatic events that are inconsistent with ordinary forgetting. *all of this info is out of the DSM 5
DID is a dissociative disorder, that is caused by a trauma. In order for us to survive this trauma, our mind creates a whole other person. This other person may be more feisty than we normally would be, or more childlike. Whatever it is, we are able to sort of switch into this person so that we can get through what is happening to us. It is very common for those of us who suffer with DID to have gaps in memory and often forget chunks of our day. This isn’t only associated with the trauma, but we will forget regular every day things; like how we got to work or when we bought those new jeans.
The good news about DID is that it is completely treatable! Talk therapy is supposed to be best as well as other treatment options for trauma (EMDR, trauma therapy, CBT, etc). The entire goal of therapy is to heal the wound that the trauma caused and undergo what they call “final fusion.” This means that we have healed the reason for the alternate personalities and can finally be fused as one person with one personality. As a side note, it is also important that all identities are treated the same and with the same amount of importance. So if you don’t feel your therapist is doing so, please speak up. Each personality is part of us, and it’s important that we feel heard and understood during this recovery process.
I hope you found this video helpful and it sheds some light on DID. Please share and leave your thoughts on this in the comments! xox
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