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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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noche-estrellada Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A very interesting read, thanks for this.
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Empath-L Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Congratulations are in order. I think it was very wonderful for you to make this. I have friends with DID, and it breaks my heart to hear about how they have to deal with stigma and people (even professionals) who don't "believe" in DID. So, thank you for spreading awareness in an accurate and reader-friendly manner. ^_^ I appreciate it!
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RaxineXRayne Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for making this, I have recently been diagnosed with DID and am constantly critisized about it...it is a very hard disorder to deal with, mostly cause chuncks of my life are missing. I really appreciate not feeling alone ^^
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Sarusaru-san Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
hello, i can't recall whether i've commented on this or not, so i'm commenting now. ^-^' so, this has helped us alot in our mission for research on this such thing, it's helped us figure out better what happened to our Big Sister, whowe aren't yet sure has DID and unenthusiastic parents aren't rather helpful for therapy. well, that was a long thank you for doing this convient thing!
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FaeViral Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so very much. ^^ I don't have DID, or schizophrenia, so many people I know refuse to listen to me when I try to explain they're very different disorders. (The amount of times I've heard the phrase, "You're just a teenager! You don't know anything!" is long past rediculous...)

In future, when they refuse to listen, I'll slap this in their faces, followed quickly by a short summary of schizophrenia. It's always nice to have simple explanations on hand, and for MIs, that's not exactly common.
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inusessy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I know a good tv show that is fairly accurate to DID...its United states of Tara...my bf has this disorder nd i think its rather interesting but difficult to date lolz
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tigrin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I've seen it and uh, "accurate" is a bit of an overstatement...
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DanniiRawrs Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing. Thank you for taking the time to do this.
As a multiple, I find this to be extremely accurate, and much better than any others I've seen.
Again, thank you. Wonderful job. c:
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tigrin Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:> Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
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Stealthy-licious Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student Writer
As a median, I have to say that while this still isn't perfect, this is much better than the general portrayal of multiples. I won't favourite it, because I can still explain the situation of multiples and medians better myself, but as far as portrayals by singlets go, this is amazing.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I somehow doubt that. I'm pretty sure I've been studying dissociation almost longer than you've been alive. :| But I'll give you this guide is pretty dated (mostly the treatment section, I'm not happy with). If you'd like to explain it better then by all means.
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tehuti Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have several characters with this disorder, including one just coming to terms with it. It's been interesting writing the mental acrobatics he has to go through. I've reached a point in a story where his wife has just found out and needless to say, it's complicated. I loathe how often it's mixed up with schizophrenia. And concepts like, e. g., "Me, Myself, & Irene" just bug the snot out of me. Very informative. (This piece, not the movie. :D )

My psychiatrist says I act like somebody with PTSD, to which I agree, though I haven't a clue why! ^^; I barely remember kindergarten through second grade, though for all I know that's normal. My memory sucks. :shrug:
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tigrin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Any particular reason so many of your characters have DID?

The diagnostic criteria for PTSD is somewhat vague. I've experienced some things that are similar to PTSD but not some of the more obvious stuff classically associated with the disorder like flashbacks. Kind of like DID is not always Sybil, PTSD is not always Jacob's Ladder. :)

I am pretty sure most people don't remember kindergarten through second grade. I heard once that your sense of consciousness/self only really "switches on" around age 5, which actually is part of the reason that kids who are abused at a young age are much more likely to develop DID in the classic sense -- their sense of identity is already very fragile, and easily shatters and develops into separate, complex identities.

You probably don't remember much of being a kid because time wasn't particularly important yet and you didn't put emphasis on remembering. I don't think most kids that young would think it's particularly important to look back on their short lives. It's not necessarily a sign of abuse or anything sinister. I think it's about the same thing as not being able to remember most incidents of your life that you ate a meal or used the restroom. But that's just my opinion. Personally I don't remember that period very well either, and that doesn't mean much coming from me, because I've had issues with dissociation.
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OS9 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
I'm curious about wether you have or have had D.I.D.

Great that you brought this up! I remember seeing this and being very intrested in the subject. I even made a school work about DID, all inspired by this :3
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tigrin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
When I was in high school (uh 2004, 2005?) I was diagnosed with DD-NOS. The panel of me surrounded by a bunch of figures and a girl peering at a flower are actually the personality aspects I experienced at the time. But they were not full-fledged personalities and I didn't lose time.. once I got a little older and things calmed down mentally, most of them kind of faded. But I spent years getting to know most everything there was to know about DID.
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Animalluver101 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
It's all very important, and I like how you stress that there is a very real difference between normal dissociation and a disorder.
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Pyxelle Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Just wow.

I know this has been online for forever but I had to comment anyway.

Thanks for such an easy to read explanation, as many people aren't willing to take the time to understand by reading up properly.

Thanks for showing that it is not always extreme, that it can be subtle, that having DID doesn't mean you're psycho.

And for mentioning DDNOS too.

I dissociate a lot, and this is the nicest explanation yet. :)
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tigrin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)
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Kryptid Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
My best online friend is a multiple. I have a great deal of respect for people with this condition.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I do too. :)
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Kryptid Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Yep. I tend to think of them as being amazing and, in a way, gifted people. Certainly not freaks.
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erratictransparency Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011   Digital Artist
I commented on this years ago on my old account, but I wanted to thank you again for this. I know for a fact I don't have DID, but DDNOS is definitely still a possibility, as my psychiatrist does agree that I do heavily dissociate, though I don't have memory loss. I've been trying to find out information about whether or not a dissociative disorder can be caused by trauma that happened past early childhood, but I haven't been having much luck so far. It's really irritating when I'm on a forum trying to ask about co-morbid disorders, state that I -don't- have DID, that I just dissociate, and I still have people jumping down my throat saying that DID is only caused by early childhood trauma and that it's highly unlikely that I have it. Uh, yeah, I -said- I didn't have it. ._.

But yes, this piece is still awesome. <3
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tigrin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I can't remember where I read it, but it is possible to develop a dissociative disorder from trauma experienced as an adult... I think it's probably just more difficult. If you learn from an early age to dissociate in response to overwhelming situations, you have years for that dissociative response to develop into something more complex, which is probably why most DID patients have a history of childhood trauma. Most everyone dissociates, but it's unusual for the dissociative response to suddenly become extremely disordered past childhood... there just normally isn't the time or the reinforcement of the behavior.

That's just what I think anyway, I'm obviously not a doctor. I definitely relate to you though. It's why I felt uncomfortable around people with DID when I was younger and struggling a lot with dissociation.
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yaoi-neko-chan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for this! I'm trying to develope a character with DID and this helped me out a lot!
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tigrin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:) Good luck, let me know if you have any questions.
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yaoi-neko-chan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I will!
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CometTheVulpix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for spreading the knowledge. I do not have DID, nor know anyone who does, but this is a topic that has confused me for a while, so thanks for clearing the air. I'd hate to be ignorant to someone on any matter, let alone something like this.
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khypheneight Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thank you so much for this :)
We have DID and trying to explain it to people can be really hard.
Thank you for this.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:) Glad it is helpful!
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khypheneight Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
:)
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we-are-multiple Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Thank you. :hug: We have DID, but with very minor time loss, sometimes none when we switch over... *shrugs* But really, thank you for this. DID and other dissociative disorders are glamorized...This was well researched and not to mention fun to read. :)
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tigrin Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Not every multiple experiences time loss, it's just part of the DSM diagnostic criteria, so I had to throw it in there. :) Glad you enjoyed the read!
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vivi2012 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I have DID -.-
And believe me, it is hard to live with.
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ArasoTesana Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
im curious to know what got you so interested in this, do you know someone with DID? i know nothing about it really i remember hearing about a movie that i never saw. but this is interesting and informatvie. and the art is amuseing and helps make some sense of things.

you mentioned hypnotism in your comments and the funny thing is, my dads cusion is a comidic hypnotist, and before every show he tries to dispell some myths about it and he uses those first two things you mentioned aobut the book and the car among other things. not many people know that its natrual. sorry that was just some random thing that came to mind while looking at this. >.<
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tigrin Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
When I was a teenager especially I struggled with dissociation, so I eventually did a lot of research on DID and it was something that I was really interested in for a while. I've also met a number of people with DID.

As far as I know (haven't done a lot of research on it), hypnotists who use hypnotism as a comedy act pick out people from a crowd that are highly prone to suggestion. People with dissociative disorders especially are prone to suggestion. Everyone has the capacity to dissociate, but some people are much more easily influenced than others.
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ArasoTesana Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
ah that will do it. i can sorta relate, my brother has a mental condition similar to autism known as aspergars (i probably didnt spell that right) and i tend to pick up on information on both things.

yeah, he isnt the only one who dose these shows, he runs a small comidy club called wise guys, and they all say the same thing, the number of people who become part of the show varies depending on whos in the crowd, sometimes they would have 10 or more people on stage, under very far other times just one person. i cant ive tride, i have ADHD and am unable to relax and focus on what they are doing/saying. too easily distracted.
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AWESOMESAUCE-XD Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I like this, it was informational without making me want to cry or something :)

And unfortunately, I know someone who talks about having 'multiple personalities' and I'm pretty sure they don't (but I don't know if she's kidding or something) But then I was talking about this to the person's friend and they were like "That's called schizophrenia right?" (I might of got that backwards...)
Either way it made me want to gag~
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tigrin Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Every time someone mistakes DID for schizophrenia, part of me dies a little. :|
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AWESOMESAUCE-XD Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I know, it's horrible..
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sombra013 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, now I get it (I wasn't complety sure of how the personalities "worked" and couldn't find a site that expanded on that part).
It's really well put together :D
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Black-Cat-Lita Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Thank you so much for this. Have you done any other studies on people or the mind? I'd really like to learn anything you could spare to tell.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
When I was in high school I was really interested in psychology, but since I've gotten older I haven't really had the time to study it as much. Dissociative disorders are still what I know most about, roughly followed by panic/anxiety disorders, since I deal with that on a daily basis.
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Black-Myth Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Thank you for creating this. You made my day :) Not often do I see that people try to explain it (and do a great job at it).

If you'd like to read more books about it, you might find 'When Rabbit howls' interesting. It's a bit of a different view on DID.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I've read 'When Rabbit Howls'. I haven't read it in a long time though; it's very long and I can't seem to get through it anymore.
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Black-Myth Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Yes, it is quite a tough book to get through, indeed. It took me several tries... It was a bit too confronting sometimes (having DID myself).

What do you think about that book?
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tigrin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It's been so long since I've read the book that I really can't say anything too specific. :( I remember liking the book and I liked that it was different, but I remember few things that are specific from the book.
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Black-Myth Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Ah, okay :)
The thing I liked about it most, was the fact that there wasn't really a core. There isn't one here, either, so we can identify ourselves with the Troopes rather than with Sybil or Eve.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I thought that was always a very unique aspect of "When Rabbit Howls". I made a character based on the concept but unfortunately, haven't done a lot with her.
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Black-Myth Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
I'd love to read their bio :)
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tigrin Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
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