DID vs OSDD
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Otherwise Specified Dissociative Disorders (OSDD) are both diagnoses that are in the DSM-V. But what is the difference? Today we look at the differences and the questions you can ask yourself.
3 Requirement Questions:
1. Do you have 2 or more distinct identities or personality states that are present, each with its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to and thinking about the environment and self?
2. Do you experience amnesia, defined as gaps in the recall of everyday events, important personal information and/or traumatic events?
3. Are you distressed by the disorder or do you have trouble functioning in one or more major life areas because of the disorder?
2 Control Questions:
4. Is the disturbance caused by cultural or religious practice? – If so, it’s probably not DID/OSDD.
5. Is the disturbance caused by direct physiological effects of a substance (such as blackouts or chaotic behavior during alcohol intoxication) or a general medical condition? (such as complex partial seizures) – If so, it’s probably not DID/OSDD.
As these are only questions, we ask that you seek a professional for a diagnosis. We understand that getting a diagnosis can be very hard and can take a while yet, these questions can help you figure out which best describes your experiences as a whole. For those trying to get a DID diagnosis it can be very hard to not only find someone who believes that DID is areal disorder yet, it is even harder to find someone who is willing to diagnose it. It can take 6 to 8 years to get a correct diagnosis for DID. You can find a specialist here: http://www.isst-d.org/default.asp?contentID=18
OSDD has the same requirements as DID but:
OSDD1A experiences amnesia but not parts.
OSDD1B experiences parts but not amnesia.
For a while now, many people have had their DID diagnosis revoked and changed into an OSDD diagnosis if there was not full amnesia. This goes against what the DSM-V says. They clearly state amnesia is for either everyday (not every day) events, important personal information and/or traumatic events. Many people with DID have made progress, experienced healing and had their diagnosis changed from DID to OSDD. As everyone is at a different stage of healing and acceptance it can be very hard for some professionals to see the disorder in someone’s personal experience.
Recently the ICD-11 was released yet, it won’t be implemented until 2022.
This is another manual on what disorders exists.
DID is still in there. OSDD was removed and replaced with partial dissociative disorder amongst others. You can find it here: https://icd.who.int/browse11/l-m/en…
We hope that this information helps you. Sarah Clark and Ashton Parker will be sharing our own personal experiences with being diagnosed in the comments in the Power to the Plural Facebook Group and will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
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This is also where you can find The Stronghold System (Sarah Clark) and TheMyriad System (Ashton Parker) personal experience with the topic we discuss. We hope for active interaction between members of the group.