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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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:iconpruflas:
Pruflas Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
As one aware of his DID, I'm quite fond of this c: Information is a wonderful thing, especially accurate information.
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Sharlotta22 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is a wonderful explanation of DID. It's humorous but still simple-to-understand as well as informative. You did a really great job on this. :)
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Brilliantku Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
... you just helped me a TON, u srsly don't know how much you just helped me right now! thank you SOOO MUCH!!!
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tigrin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:) I'm glad it helped you!
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Brilliantku Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
as am I! XD
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xJessicakesx Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS <3 what a wonderful way to convey DID to someone ^^ really is amazing!! thank you so much for creating this! :tighthug:
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tigrin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
No problem, thank you! :)
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kesesese Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sigh... Then that's how integration works... Now I understand why my alter attemps on creating trouble with people who wanted to help with traumas...

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I like your reasons to make this deviantion
About there isn't much support and that of people getting inside online communities, I felt a bit identified, maybe? haha

Anyway, dude, it's a nice explanation, nice work doing it
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JuniXz Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Student General Artist
THANK YOU.

It makes my head spin, how many ignorant/misinformed there are out there.
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JuniXz Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Student General Artist
EDIT: *ignorant/misinformed people
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:iconcimaman:
cimaman Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Scary, when you really think about it
What if you had DIDs and didn't know it, but all your friends did?
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bird-bone Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello. I live with DID and I think your explanation turned out very good. :) Thank you.
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RedDemonBlood Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. This is really interesting. And im'm not being sarcastic. I have ADD. Atention Deficate Disorder. Maybe I should make somthing about it...
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:icontigrin:
tigrin Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:) I think that's a great idea if you think it will help others understand the disorder better.
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RedDemonBlood Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How long did it take you to make that and do reasearch?
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:icontigrin:
tigrin Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I don't know, I probably finished the tutorial in a few hours, but I had done a lot of research for a long time before that.
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PleasurelyPainful Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
I'm doing a speech tomorrow on D.I.D. and reading this helped me a lot with my research C: Thank you so much :heart:
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matskiuchiha Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing. It really explains a lot.
...People really believe the whole DID=serial killer thing??

On a different note, this is probably going to sound rude, but I've always...wanted (for lack of a better term) to experience just a day with DID. Not because I think it would be neat or anything, but just because I'm always curious and this subject interests me.
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OtakuXxChan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
I did a research paper on this in middle school! It was really interesting to research and a lot of people didn't know about it. Some were calling it being bipolar X_x
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tigrin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yeah most people don't really know the difference, so I'm glad you had an opportunity to research it. :)
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MissAspie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is cool.
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Shalaesaes Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are a lot of bad portrayals and ideas about this disorder.

Well presented, honest, simple information.

Definitely a great job!
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SayameHyuuga Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Very well done! D.I.D. is my favorite disorder, I don't know why.. I hate myself for saying that, though, cause it sounds rude. ^^; But, um. Very well done! You worked very hard on this. ^^
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tigrin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Uh, well, it's an odd thing to say but I understand that it seems interesting to you. It's an interesting disorder that is worth learning about. Thanks!
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SayameHyuuga Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
No problem. ^^;
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Nagem1891 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really helpful, since I have just been diagnosed with something like it :) I "knew" of another person in myself, but did not put 2 and 2 together to explain the gaps and blanking out. It is very relieving for me to see someone attack the Hollywood myths about it, I am afraid to come out to my friends for that reason - they all believe in what they see on TV, and not try to see it another way
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aidanmaybe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for posting this. :)
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Stuart-Edwards Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
i have D.I.D. :( and i dont mind it except for the fact that there are no therapists who will treat me for it eventhough i was diagnosed by a doctor in a mental hospital.

I wish people cared more, or even believed us.
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Nagem1891 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
that is terrible!!! I got a therapist for my depression, but she is also going to help with my type of DID. I am aware of my other self but thought she was just my conscious or something, never thought she made the gaps. I hope you can get someone to help you, even talking to your parents when you are not feeling well helps
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Stuart-Edwards Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
i dont exactly have parents :\ i used to have a D.I.D. therapist. she was great. but i moved across the country and theres no one around here. 'Tis sad.
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Nagem1891 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:'( I hope things get better for you!!
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Stuart-Edwards Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
thanks u too :p
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tigrin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:( I'm sorry to hear that. I'm hoping if more awareness of the disorder is raised, there will be more support available for people who need it.
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Stuart-Edwards Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
i once had a DID therapist when i lived in Bangor Maine, but ive moved to missouri and they have no training out here to help anyone with dissociative disorders. :|
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
do you feel you need to be in therapy? I have DID and we're fine by ourselves :)
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Stuart-Edwards Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
i used to need therapy i might still need it. i get a bit out of control of myself to the point i need to be hospitalized sometimes. :(
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
aw, good luck :hug:
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Stuart-Edwards Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
thankyou :hug:
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tigrin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm probably lucky to live in California... still a challenge to find a good therapist out here, but I did manage to find a therapist who specialized in dissociative disorders ages ago. I just didn't particularly like her.
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Dariask899 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
This is incredible!!! Such a well thought-out fun way to educate people about DID. I will definitely pass this on and probably show my therapist who specializes in trauma disorders and DID just so he too can admire your creativity. Excellent!
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tigrin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Glad you like it! :)
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thehatterschild Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Though I don't suffer, this somewhat made me feel better. :) I'm not sure why, but it made me smile to read and it was really informative. :heart:
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AlayaRaye Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Thank you so much for writing this! I think that you have great exsamples, and i'm going to print this out, maybe it will help my dad understand more about DID, and myself. :)

Thank you for all of us.
And GREAT JOB!
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:tighthug: Thank you very much for doing this. Its really wonderful^^ I have D.I.D and sometimes its hard to tell people what I have because they either think I'm a lying fool or I'm acting. And the fact that you don't have it, that's really wonderful that you got it down right to what it means. It really says it all. Well what I think anyway. lol. I just really wanted to say thank you^^

Julien: Yeah, thanks.

Ash: My god Julien, you said thank you to somebody? Has the world frozzon over? Or am I already dead? *laughs*

Me: -.- Fail...at life.

Shane: I LOVE IT!! Ha ha

Luna: I think its awesome, so there! *giggles*

Caelan: Ash, Julien, you do realize that after this Elli is going to murder you two?

Ash & Julien: She loves us.

Me:.......That's what I want you to think.....




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cutechong Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Is it just me or do we ALL suck as spelling?
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:iconcutechong:
cutechong Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
I like to read.

I like to look at the pictures :D

I cold care less.
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MysticEden Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow I faved this years ago :) I'm really glad you added it to the DID group here on DA :D
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:icontigrin:
tigrin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:) Glad it was suggested for the gallery, hopefully I won't embarrass myself with this since I wrote it years ago now.
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great info and insights!
one question: in the conclusion you said life with DID can be rewarding. What makes you think this? (because life with my alter is hella stressful, even when she's not talking to me)
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:icontigrin:
tigrin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
^^;; I suppose if you can find a place where you can get along with an alter/s, it can be. I certainly wouldn't say that being a multiple is always inherently a bad thing.
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