From Surviving My Past: We are Not Weak Just Human

I found the video, We are Not Weak Just Human,  on Surviving my Past.

It is produced by The Good Men Project’s Men’s Mental Health Social Interest Group

How To Talk To All Of Us

How to communicate with someone who has DID

Life as a Committee

If you met me you’d see a woman in her mid-twenties who’s friendly, makes good eye contact, and can keep a conversation going. If you met the rest of us it would be completely different depending on which of us is out.

Miss 5 is an initially shy, but sweet, cheeky and chatty girl.

Miss 7 is a very timid, quietly spoken girl who struggles to make eye contact.

Miss 12 is a highly anxious, terrified young girl who’s often unable to move, and won’t talk.

Miss 16 is confident, swears without a second thought, has a permanent smirk on her face, and has the attitude of an unflappable teenager.

Miss 19 is quiet, somewhat reserved, and speaks in a soft voice, often looking down.

If I’m not behaving in a way that is familiar to those who know me, then it’s probably not me that’s out. In public most of…

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Dissociative Identity Disorder/Multiple Personality Disorder and Schizophrenia – Clinical differences

An excellent and concise explanation of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Tell About Abuse

So much misinformation and misunderstanding exist about DID and schizophrenia – many studies show they both affect around 1% of the population world-wide, yet schizophrenia is diagnosed more often whereas DID takes an average of 6 years of obvious symptoms until diagnosis.

A key difference here is that the only known cause of Dissociative Identity Disorder however is extreme childhood abuse beginning at a young age, this history exists in around 95% of those diagnosed with DID. DID is one of a range of Dissociative Disorders: including Dissociative Amnesia, Dissociative Fugue, Depersonalization Disorder and Dissociative Disorder not otherwise specified.

While both psychotic episodes/schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder commonly feature hearing voices these typically appear external with schizophrenia and internal with DID (i.e. thoughts).

Mood disorders are not part of the diagnostic criteria for DID and can be very much a red herring. Signs of amnesia are key though – forgetting…

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A Litany of Slightest Madness

This is so spot on!

No Talent For Certainty

I’ve always seen what isn’t there,
And so, I’m under doctor’s care;
For through my window eyes I see
Far, far beyond reality

I see the workings of your heart,
How love leaks out in midnight drips;
And how you’d hide it, if you could –
But will and tongue have frequent slips

I’ve felt you kiss me in the night,
In circles all around my face;
But yet, we have not spoken yet,
I guess you need your breathing space

But yet I see the world set free,
And through stone portals, one lone tree,
A sky of blue, a field of green,
And no more bullies. No one mean.

The doctor says I’m very bright,
Her thoughts will be with me tonight;
I view them when she’s not around
You won’t believe what all I’ve found

Her fantasies are very great,
And sometimes, inappropriate;
She also sees what…

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