What is Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)? – May Reblogs # 10

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.

We DID 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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8 thoughts on “What is Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)? – May Reblogs # 10

  1. I have seen it in movies and read it in books… Seen a bunch of interviews and documentaries but none of it captures the essence like this blog entry. It must be hard to share. Thank you for sharing. It is not only enlightening but also, it enriches my feed and feeds my curiosity.
    ❤️
    L.R.
    THE RINK

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  2. This is important. Someone I know well had to go through a very difficult custody battle to keep her young child from his father who suffers from DID. The trial went in her favor as the judge understood that the Father was likely to abuse the child and the whole cycle would start over again.

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      1. Yes it is sad. Very sad. But I was concerned for the young person involved and did not want that person to be caught in the cycle of abuse leading to DID. So I think I sided with the other and child. That does not mean my heart does not go out to the sufferer of the DID.

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      2. I don’t doubt the judgement at all. It was the right thing to do if there was even the slightest chance of the cycle repeating itself.

        It’s just heartbreaking. Sometimes the circle of damage is so big you have to make crucial decisions. And some sacrifices have to be made in bigger interest.

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