Alters refers to the dissociative part of the personality. Everyone in a Plural System is an alter. Alters have their own personality traits, wisdom, knowledge and memories possibly including trauma. Alters can identify as any part of the LGBTQ+ community and can be anywhere on the gender spectrum. Alters can be old, young and may… Continue reading Alters and how to communicate with them #DID101 – Article 6.
25 years have passed since multiple personality disorder was reclassified as dissociative identity disorder in 1994. But not much seems to have changed when it comes down to actual help for those who suffer from the disorder. Hence this year, we will post multiple articles here, to address some of the past and current problems.… Continue reading MPD to DID 25 years later – Integration & final fusion.
Depersonalization/derealization disorder a dissociative disorder by itself. But those with DID can also experience the same symptoms. The DSM5 criteria say that if there is another dissociative disorder it’s better to diagnose that one. Hence those with DID/OSDD do not receive an extra diagnosis when they experience depersonalization/derealization. The DSM5 explains the following on Depersonalization:… Continue reading Depersonalization and derealization #DID101 – Article 5.
As we close the chapter of 2018 and enter into the new year, i like to take a moment to reflect and to share our intentions for 2019. On a personal level 2018 was crazy. With 3 surgeries in one year, defeating cancer before it got a real chance to get a hold and managing… Continue reading 2019 – From surviving to living
Innerworlds are a therapeutic tool. It is widely used for many therapies and reasons, one of them being Dissociative Identity Disorder. Some people with DID (or OSDD) grew up with their innerworld. Others want to create one after a diagnosis or when they read about innerworlds. Your innerworld can be anything you want. Anything the… Continue reading Innerworld #DID101 – Article 4.
Co-consciousness and co-fronting There is not one widely accepted definition when it comes to consciousness. Same as with the word dissociation. People can mean many things when they talk about conscious. So for the purpose of this article we are choosing the Cambridge dictionary ( https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/conscious ) which explains consciousness with the word noticing. Or… Continue reading Empowerment Project #DID101 – Article 3. Co-consciousness and co-fronting
Switching is an involuntary or voluntary process off the brain, in which one alter retreats back into the a innerworld and a different alter takes over the body. This process is unique to each system and can take seconds or much longer to finish. When someone switches between alters, it can be very hard to… Continue reading Empowerment Project #DID101 – Article 2. Switching
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… Continue reading Empowerment Project #DID101 – Article 1. DID vs OSDD
By the Cambridge dictionary Integration is a natural process of the brain that got and gets interrupted in the lives of those with dissociative identity disorder. It is partly why amnesia plays a role in DID. Our natural process of integration got disturbed by trauma. Either there is no memory recollection at all or there… Continue reading What is integration?
A crisis plan, sometimes called a safety plan is usually a plan that describes what you will do, to keep yourself safe. To help yourselves during a crisis period. Like when you experience panic attacks or flashbacks. If you have dissociative identity disorder it is very important to involve your plural system in the crisis… Continue reading How to: from crisis to safety Plan for Dissociative identity disorder