Child Parts – When They Hold Suicidal Power and Influence

Some people have asked me about my child alternates. As a child I thought that it was good that I could choose to die. The deeper I go into therapy the more I struggle with the parts that find the truth too painful to live with.

Discussing Dissociation

Angry Children

We’ve had some very interesting discussions on the “What do you think about Suicide?” blog article.  Thank you to everyone who writes and comments on this blog – your participation is valued and appreciated.

One of the topics that surfaced on that thread is the idea that trauma survivors with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID/MPD)  may have child parts within their system that can be suicidal, and that the ability to control the suicidal behavior of these child parts seems overwhelmingly difficult, even for the adults of the dissociative system.

I’d like to write an official response to that.

Typically, one thinks of child parts as a permanently young child – an inside part that holds the trauma memories, feelings, rememberings, and experiences that happened when the body was of a young chronological age.  These child parts act like children, think like children, reason like children.  Their thinking is…

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50 Treatment Issues for Dissociative Identity Disorder

This is excellent information for anyone who is curious about the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Discussing Dissociation

“How long will it take for me to feel better?”

As a clinical therapist, I hear that question frequently.  It’s a reasonable question.  I certainly understand that when someone is deeply hurting and struggling in their life, they want to feel better as quickly as possible.

However, the clinical treatment for someone with DID / MPD is long term.  Some research has said that the treatment can be completed within two or three years, but in my clinical experience, that is far from the truth.

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Dissociative Identity Disorder is a result of long-term, chronic, severe, sadistic child abuse.  As children, these survivors witnessed and experienced a myriad of heinous crimes.  They typically describe repeated consuming abuse by multiple perpetrators, and then were otherwise emotionally neglected, starving for comfort, consolation, or attention. They were left alone, even while very young, to process and contain…

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