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D.I.D. You Know? by tigrin D.I.D. You Know? by tigrin
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER - PLEASE READ:
I am not a doctor. I am not qualified to give medical advice or make a diagnosis. I'm not even a student. DO NOT attempt to use this information to make a diagnosis. Do not diagnose yourself or someone else. If you think you or someone else needs help, please seek professional advice. This is meant to be an EXTREMELY BRIEF guide to a very complex condition. All I know, I have learned from reading a lot of books, browsing a lot of websites, watching a lot of movies and television, and meeting a lot of people. Because this is a very controversial diagnosis, I have attempted to present a middle ground in terms of what DID is. The terms I have chosen are not official terms. While all this information is based on fact and the experiences of others, it is not meant to be "official" or used in research documents. It is ultimately my reflections on and opinions of the diagnosis, and should be treated as such. If you are interested in this condition, I highly encourage looking up more information, which I will post at the bottom of this description.

Why Dissociative Identity Disorder? Why not Multiple Personality Disorder?
In order to avoid moral and religious conflict, the diagnosis term was changed from "Multiple Personality Disorder" to "Dissociative Identity Disorder" in the United States. The term "dissociative identity" refers to the idea that personalities in a multiple system are not actually personalities. Instead, they are dissociated parts of a "core" personality, who lives with the delusion of having separate personalities. Personalities are actually just aspects of a single self that have been disowned and given another name. I have chosen not to present this definition of DID. While I do believe this to an extent, I believe that personalities can be more than just an aspect with a name, a delusional "dissociated identity". Sometimes there is no "core" personality, and sometimes personalities actually split off other personalities. I think the definition is too limiting, so I have chosen to present it in a more neutral light that is more sympathetic to the people who experience this condition. It is difficult enough for multiples to accept themselves without being told that their experience is a delusion. Personalities feel and act very real. If you meet a multiple, please do not try to convince personalities that they are not real, and should go back to being so-and-so. You wouldn't like it if I said it to you, and it does NOT help at all. Whether personalities are "real" or not is irrelevant... it's the experience that matters. Well, those are just my thoughts are anyway, and I'm certainly not forcing anyone to think differently.

About this Deviation:
Why did I make this? Firstly, because you won't believe how many people don't know a thing about DID, or even what schizophrenia is. Everyone knows about "multiple personalities", but no one knows what it really is. The things I do hear have been set up and fed by Hollywood bullshit. The worst for me is to see people talking about and presenting false information, especially in popular media that reaches a wide audience. Not okay. People need to know something that hasn't been filtered through corporate logos. They need somewhere to start, and this is as good as any.

Second, because there is practically no support out there for DID. People with DID are forced to hide in online communities under false identities because of the stigma of the label. Insurance companies won't support medications or therapy with dissociative diagnostic codes. DID parents can be considered incompetent and their children taken away, and employees can be fired. Some people with DID are so crippled by a combination of the diagnosis and outside stigma that they're forced to survive off disability, or be homeless. Also, very few therapists are familiar with dissociative disorders, and even fewer have the skills and the specialty to actually treat it. Having been around the system, I can say it's impossible to find someone without dropping a lot of cash... something most people just don't have. and even when you find someone, they might not have the right skills or attitude about the DID. Not to mention that therapists who do treat a dissociative case can be assaulted with criticism and their patients attacked with accusations of hypnotism and brainwashing. More people who are in the position to help others - therapists, psychiatrists, med students - need to know what this is really about. There needs to be more support out there.

I want to say right now that I do not care if you think that DID is a bunch of crap. If you have negative comments or criticism, you are welcome to note them to me. If they are rational enough, I will respond. but I will not argue with or try to persuade someone who does not want to be persuaded. I want you to believe what you want to believe. but I want you to make an informed decision.

I made this because I want something that is short, interesting, humorous, and generally easy for anyone to understand. Anyone should have the opportunity to understand this, and I hope people do get something out of this. I do encourage you to show this to whoever you'd like. You can link to it anywhere you'd like. Just do not alter it, slander it, or claim that you wrote it. That's not cool. This is the only time I'll ever, ever ask this: please favorite this. Even if you don't have a comment, favorite it. I want this to reach as many people as possible. Link to it in your journals, whatever you want to do. Any and all help is appreciated. I'm just one person but there's a lot of you.

If you happen to be proficient in another language and would like to translate the text, I would be more than happy to post up a translated version. :)

Here are the individual pages.. easier to print:
Page 1: [link]
Page 2: [link]
Page 3: [link]
Page 4: [link]

Translations:
Brazilian Portuguese: Page 1/Page 2/Page 3/Page 4 Thank you ~Halexandre!

Further Reading:
Books:
The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook by Deborah Bray Haddock - I read through this in a bookstore once and was really impressed by it.
First Person Plural by Dr. Cameron West - Of the autobiography/biography books I've read on the subject, this is probably my favorite.
Mahoraba - Of all the fictional accounts of "multiple personality" that I've seen, this is my favorite so far. It doesn't sensationalize it or anything; it's just a cute, fun read. It's not syndicated yet, but there are "scanlations" floating around the 'net.
Astraea's Bookstore - this is a massive list of books related to multiplicity/plurality with reviews... lots more books here, and some second opinions.

Websites
The Layman's Guide to Multiplicity - I often refer people to this site if they're new to the whole idea. Really well set up and explained.
Multiplicity: The Missing Manual - It's big, and it's a wiki!
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation - They've got a lot of information about dissociation and lots of stuff for professionals who are new to the concept.
Mind.org.uk - a booklet on dissociative disorders
Dissociative Identity Disorder Questions and Misconceptions - lots of research and even history of the diagnosis.
Astraea's Web - a massive website that is the hub of healthy multiplicity and plurality. Lots of articles, a helpful terms section, etc. etc.
"You're Not Crazy & You're Not Alone" - Clips from a DVD about DID

Well anyways... any and all questions are welcome... if I get the same question a lot, I'll post it here... you can leave them in comments, note them to me, or e-mail them to me, doesn't matter... :) Thanks!

Almost forgot, credit for the silly but witty title goes to *Reich! Thanks for letting me use it. ;)
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DIDisReal Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent, thanks for making
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NTA65bz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
I just wrote a FRICKIN 19-PAGED ESSAY FOR MY HOMEWORK



AND THEN I FOUND THIS


WHY DIDN'T I FIND THIS LAST MONTH????????

>:O >:O >:O
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tigrin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Professional Filmographer
lol! It's probably better you did research without this, because it's almost ten years old. There's even been a new DSM since I made this.
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LB-Lee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hello, we faved this AGES ago, and you inspired us to start making our own educational mental health comics, which are now being used by mental hospitals, therapists, and multiples and the people who care about them!  We've been doing cons and panels on mental health comics, and now it's become something we're known for.

Thank you so much for giving us the initial inspiration, seven years ago!  Is there any place I could buy a print copy of this?

--Rogan
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tigrin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Wow, that's really cool! Thanks for sharing with me. :)

I don't have prints available, unfortunately. :(
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NickolasCat Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this really helped me understand what this is better
Ever since seeing a lot of people around who actually have this or at least something similair, i really started looking into it more
Thanks a lot for this, it helped me a lot uvu
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tigrin Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
No problem. If you have any questions, just let me know. :)
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Skully-Keys Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This... is..... EPIC! :happybounce:
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RedStars7 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I've been researching DID for 6 years because of the (hopefully realistic) story I'm writing, and this was one of the pieces that I really found great. Thank you for this brilliant piece.
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Jaquina Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
very informative! Good job!
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sethlolz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Oh my dear sweet GOD, this comic was in a video that I watched the other day! :la: I loved the video, and your art style is adorable.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Huh?? What was the video? I didn't give them permission to use this, though it's fine if they used this in a good way...
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sethlolz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
It was a wonderful educational video made by someone diagnosed with DID and presented to college psychology students to spread awareness. :)

Here's a link to the video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N-cmC…
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tigrin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wow, that's really cool! I'll have to give it a full watch sometime but I'm really glad this helped out her presentation. Thanks for sharing. :)
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sethlolz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
No problem! ^^ Anything to help spread the word.
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Imaginary-Shadow Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
This is beauuutifuuuulll.... Thank you so much for putting it together.
I do research on psychology as a kind-of obsessive hobby... And this really phrases lots of things quite comprehensively. Thank you for including more research options, as well! I shall be looking into them when I can.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, let me know if you have any questions. :)
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InkStarRosie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
i have D.I.D. and we cherish and fight every moment of it <3
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lexiejay Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Wow, this is incredibly informed and way easier to understand than wikipedia! You should really think about doing comics explaining other disorders like this because the explanations are easy to understand, the comics add a small dose of humor and clarity to the subject, and it's all in all nonjudgemental. =)
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tigrin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank! I would make more comics if I felt like I knew as much about anything else mental health-related. There are some things I know quite a bit about (like most anxiety disorders), but I spent several years studying dissociative disorders and talking to people who experienced them (including myself) before writing this one.
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lexiejay Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
So you have a dissociative disorder? And it sounds like you spend a lot of time in the field of psychology, do you have a job in that field?
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tigrin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I was diagnosed with DD-NOS as a teen (the panel with the little girl looking at a flower were my 'alters' at the time). It's not really something that I deal with as much anymore. I'm not involved in the field of psychology at all, I just wanted to know as much as I could about dissociative disorders. :) Studying psychology is a weird hobby for me. I think it's always the people with the most problems to solve who are the most interested in it, haha.
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lexiejay Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Haha yeah I can understand that, forgive me if I pry but were all of your alters nice? Oh and I just can't keep this smirk off my face looking at your icon lol.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
No, they weren't all nice. Some were a bit mean, some were a bit troublesome. As I've gotten older I've learned to accept all the parts of myself and it's not really something I have an issue with anymore. I think things are crazy for everyone as a teen.
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lexiejay Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
ha! I can attest to that =).
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CicadaOkami Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Who is Sibyl? I don't think that I've ever heard of her.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Uhh you may be too young, but it's a very famous book and movie about a DID case, though the validity of it has been challenged. [link]
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SpudnikKildozer Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
THANK YOU SO MUCH!! my friend has D.I.D.
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Child-of-Horus Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your work and it helps me to explain things to people who don't understand. My boyfriend just figured out he lives with DID two years ago and so far this is the best way I've found to explain things to people. :3 <3
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tigrin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you've found this guide useful! :)
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disruptedvice Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you so much for writing this. It gets annoying reading that old joke "I have multiple personalities. Me too! And so do I!"
It really means a lot that you care for people like this, and are standing up for them.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I saw something like that on a license plate frame the other day! I seriously considered leaving a note on their car window. >:T When I was in high school, though, I had a favorite shirt that said "Which ONE of my personalities do you find offensive?" which I thought was a bit cheeky.

Anyways, glad you like it! :)
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disruptedvice Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Writer
That's cute (the shirt). I just don't like it when people have no understanding of it,talk about it and confuse others >:(
And I did like it, Very much <3
You are pretty awesome.
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LB-Lee Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hello! Back on our old account, this inspired us to do our own comics and start up healthymultiplicity.com; now we're refaving for posterity. Thanks so much!
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tigrin Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:) Thanks! Glad the comic inspired you! And glad to see you spreading the word about non-disordered multiplicity, I think that's great.
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LB-Lee Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, we're actually going to get to speak on it at a panel on comics and mental health this month at a local convention. Very exciting!

--Rogan
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tigrin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow, how fun! Best of luck! :D
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maakamew Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o my god thank you for this i have DID and i was called schizophrenic for years before i was properly diagnosed. and in highschool people heard that i had and pretended that they had it i wanted to have Erin come out tell them staight but i couldnt sadly. i dont get why people fake mental illnesses its not right and not cool at all thank you for writing this we all say thank you.
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Bamroo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I had a good time reading this. There are a lot of things I want to explain to my boyfriend (someone who THANKFULLY understands me and doesn't take abuse of my mind like the last), and I think this will help greatly when the time comes that I can feel confident enough to sit down and have a legit heart to heart talk about my mind rather than just showing him journals. For the longest I was confused and lost and at the same time thought I was being completely normal until suddenly countless people in high school started announcing proudly they had DID... It frustrated me to learn at 16 that there were so many people in the world were like me with the aspects of losing track of time, being overwhelmed by something foreign, not feeling like myself, having talents I couldn't repeat willingly, and many other various things I still can't quite explain. But I couldn't help to think they were all pretending and were secretly mocking me, and I had no clue what the heck DID or even MPD was for the longest so it pissed a part of me off even more when they mentioned either of those in a bragging manner. Still pisses me off sometimes honestly. And by no means do I self diagnosis myself as DID or any of it's sub categories, it's just something that I can most relate to and it's comforting to know there are others like me even if they have or have not received a diagnosis. I admire that you spent so much time researching this disorder and would like to thank you for this informative and amusing comic, even if it is a bit dated :meow:
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tigrin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think a lot of teenagers find their tumultuous emotions that they experience at that age as very frightening and confusing and foreign. With the availability of information on the Internet, it's easy for people to find information and find others like them... but on the flip side, it's also easy for people to find information they shouldn't necessarily have. Being a teenager is really defined by not knowing who you are, so DID seems like the perfect label for "I'm a teenager and I have no idea who I am so I will be all these different people!". Teenagers especially want something that makes them seem different and mental illness is "trendy". It's unfortunate, but what can you do. I think it's fine to explore yourself and who you are, even if what you think turns out not to be true later on. So whether or not you have DID, you don't really have to prove it, you just gotta go with what makes sense to you. Those other people will get bored and move on at some point.

Err, I hope that makes sense, I am obviously speaking from personal experience here.
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Bamroo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh I definitely agree and you made sense. While I'm thankfully leaving the dreaded teen years, it's been nice getting to know myself, cause when those sorts of things had been occurring since childhood it definitely has been a slap in the face finding out about this disorder when so close to being an adult. And like I said, I just find comfort that there are people of all ages who have had similar experiences rather than searching for a label for myself and I hope other people can understand that for themselves as well. Mental illnesses should Never be trendy, and the trendiness of this one is ridiculous -_-
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AnimositysDiviner Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very sensitive but fun to read, well done :D
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GuardiansofCalcaria Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
As an alter, I'd say that this is spot on. Thank you for taking the time to do this: it's much better than a lot of stuff I've seen.
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LupoRedgrave Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
This is extraordinary! :heart:
I have always had an interest in learning about Mental Health and disorders. My favourite is reading about personality disorders such as D.I.D.
I've favoured this - even before I read your request! - and I will raise awareness.
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LupoRedgrave Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
This is extraordinary! :heart:
I have always had a strong interest in learning about disoders and 'Mental Health' topics and my favourite one to read about is personality disorders such as D.I.D.
This is going into my favourites - even before I read that you had requested it! - and I will be sure to raise awareness.
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this was a good read and I will look up the other disorders that i know so little about (and merged them altogether as one thing due to poor information---thanks media!)

mental disorders honestly scare me because the stereotype is that in the end they're potentially dangerous and people will do things they normally wouldn't do. thank you for debunking that mytho in your explanation.

I need to read up on schizophrenia, because I have an abusive drunk uncle that claims thats his problem to help excuse away his bad behavior towards me and my other family members. I call BS on his claim.
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Akhrrana Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS for making this.
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PersonaThief Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Now if ONLY we could make people realize not all multiple systems have D.I.D. My existence isn't a disorder, even if I wasn't originally meant to be born into this body. We suffered from vanishing twin's syndrome in the womb, boo hoo. Non-D.I.D./M.P.D. Multiple System and proud.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Notice the bolded part where I said "interrupt a person's quality of life". If it's not bothering you at all, it's not a disorder. But right now it's hard enough to get people to accept multiplicity as something that happens at all. I think any positive awareness is better than none at all or, worse, perpetuating Hollywood stereotypes.
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PersonaThief Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well spoken. I didn't mean to imply that the battle was won--simply hoping.
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