I find dissociative personality disorder to be one of the most complicated mental disorders.
I’m grateful to the author for this piece, for breaking it down and simplifying it for us. This cleared my own misconceptions.
Please, do read it.
I have read books and journal articles about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and filtered them through my own experience over and over and over during the past year and a half or so. The explanation below of the survival adaptation known as DID is mine. Other people with DID may have different experiences, different interpretations, and better, more accurate knowledge. Experts may also quibble. Here is my attempt:
In addition to food, water, and shelter, a young person requires nurturing (love). Young children have a need for attachment to their primary caregivers.
Abuse–sexual, physical, and/or emotional–and neglect are the opposite of nurturing. If a caregiver abuses or neglects a young person, the young, developing brain cannot accept that caregivers could inflict such pain or allow such pain to be inflicted, and so the abuse/neglect remains unprocessed by the young person’s brain.
The unprocessed abuse/neglect must be contained in a separate space…
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