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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3 thoughts on “Child Parts – When They Hold Suicidal Power and Influence

    1. Thank you. It’s my sad experience that the last thing people want to hear about is child abuse — or even any discussion as to what we might owe to those people that we bring into this world.

      But social change is all about discussing things no one wants to hear.

      There is what we want to believe and there are facts.

      Facts are not amenable to moral relativism–

      Especially when it comes to hurting people who need our protection.


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