Photograph of a Wolf Mural on Valencia Street in San Francisco

Ten Tips for Blogging About Dissociative Identity Disorder

My brain did something extreme when it was most vulnerable.

In response to an extreme and confusing environment it created two interfaces for interacting with other brains.

The strategy worked and with each new stress, my brain made a new interface.

Little islands of neurons; firing as needed, with no knowledge of each other.

The only recommended treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder is intensive psychotherapy.

I am now in my sixth year of twice weekly sessions and I’ve made progress.

I am stronger in many ways and more whole; but therapy is a tug of war between my therapist and my alternates.

Psychotherapy stirs things up.

Psychotherapy makes people crazy by not letting them be crazy in
comfortable ways and this has an impact on my blog.

Graffiti in Clarion alley, San Francisco, the word Respect painted on a fence

Treat other bloggers with respect. 

Here are 10 hings tips for blogging about DID:

1. Never apologize for Dissociative Identity Disorder.

2. Never reply to a comment if you don’t remember the

3. Never make commitments you can’t keep.

4. Never apologize for saying what you believe.

5. Take responsibility when you are wrong.

6. Learn as much as you can and keep learning.

7. Treat everyone with respect.

8. Be grateful to your followers; they are the reason you blog.

9. Be yourself, especially when who you are seems improbable.

10. Remember there are people who will try to play with your illness because they are jerks; avoid them.

I do not speak for all people with Dissociative Disorders.

Rob Goldstein 2016








35 thoughts on “Ten Tips for Blogging About Dissociative Identity Disorder

  1. “My therapist insists that all the alternates are me even as they
    insist we’re not.” This statement made us sad for all of you. We had a therapist like this. He demanded me to stay present and focused. He said said we were all one person. 4 years of this. Then I crashed and stopped treatment for 14 years! Now we have a therapist who sees all of us and individual and treats us as such. He does work with helping us co-operate with each other. I hope you find someone who will treat you all with respect that every individual deserves.


    1. I need to clarify that line. What my therapist means is that all of the alternates are me even as they function as separate ‘selves’. We are also working on co-operation. I am more likely than my therapist to resist accepting my alternates as real. Thank you for your comment and giving me the opportunity to clarify.

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    1. They’re all me. I followed your blog.

      But the question is fair…

      You were followed by the one called Rob Goldstein.

      That one writes the travelogue.

      Addendum: I didn’t check your status before submitting my reply–based on the content I
      assumed that the alternate that followed you was Rob Goldstein. Your blog is well written
      and powerful. But when I checked the status I see that none of me has followed you…

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  2. I’ve been reading your blog since I started blogging Rob. To be honest I’m not entirely sure if I’ve noticed much of switching between you and your alters. Sometimes I see more artwork posted, sometimes I notice you comment a lot more. I love reading your blog regardless of which one of you has written or posted it. I may have only know of you for the last month and usually it takes a while for me to say I accept and trust someone for who they are but I accept, approve and trust all of you. You are an amazing person and writer regardless of who you are from day to day.
    P.S I still want to steal some artwork for my blog!!!!!!

    Liked by 4 people

    1. You’re welcome to link to it. Actually my artwork links to my Flickr stream and that is set up for sharing. So you can link to most of the pictures you see on my blog–and thank you for your great comment; it’s gratifying.

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  3. Keep in mind that it’s also difficult for those of us who follow your blog, not knowing which personality is posting. Not realizing if and when you disappear into someone else. But if I accept one part of you, then I have no trouble accepting all parts of you. Because separate or combined, they make up a pretty unique individual. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I know that it can be difficult but I don’t what the experience is like.

      Anyone who wants to tell me what it’s like to follow my blog has my full support.

      And thank you for the last comment. 🙂

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