Tag: learnaboutdid.com

Dealing with Alters of Differing Demographics

Most people who live with dissociative identity disorder (DID) have more than two alternate selves. Alters can range from infancy to older people depending on the memories they harbor from the trauma experienced in the multiple’s past. What happens when the alters in a DID system have different sexes,...

Building Communication Between and Among Dissociated Alters

Learning to communicate among and with alters within a DID system is one of the most important lessons in healing. It is vital that one learn to hear and understand what is being held and hidden by alters in a system so we can open a dialogue about what...

Building a Life Despite Having DID

and living well Receiving the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder can seem like the end of the world. Then we endure years of treatment struggling to get free of the past that has bound us. This piece is full of hope because I am a living example of living...

What are Derealization and Depersonalization?

About 50% of the general population has felt that they are outside themselves, watching what is happening once in their lifetimes. Perhaps they were going under or coming out of anesthesia and felt eerily like they were not real or that they can see themselves lying in their hospital...

Seeking Help for Self-Harming Behavior

***Trigger Warning: This article will speak about self-harm and may not be suitable for all audiences.*** I have self-harmed myself and so have first-hand experience and know how devastating it can be not only to yourself but to those around you. So, I do not write about or take...

The Mental Health Disorders Most Associated with Self-Harm

***Trigger Warning: This article will contain self-harm information and may not be suitable for all audiences.*** This series has focused on different types of self-harm, its causes, and a description of those who practice it. In this piece, we continue our open and honest look at self-harm by highlighting...

The Importance of Talking About Suicide

***TRIGGER WARNING*** This article will tackle active and passive suicide and may not be suitable for sensitive audiences. Suicidality is common among people living with dissociative identity disorder. While suicide is a taboo subject among many in our community, one cannot conquer an enemy that they do not see....

Becoming More Resilient

Learning to Become Resilient Dealing with loss and change cannot be avoided; they are inevitable parts of life. Everyone experiences setbacks, with some being minor and others being highly traumatic and life-altering. Resilience is what helps people through challenges through psychological strength, the ability to cope, and the capability...

Coexisting Diagnoses and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a difficult enough diagnosis to live with due to the chaos and fear that often accompanies it. Add other mental or physical health problems to the mix, and you have a recipe for misery. This article will speak about common coexisting diagnoses and how...

The Difference Between Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth

As stated in article one of this series on resiliency, according to the American Psychological Association, resiliency is: “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors....

Got Resiliency?

Much research has been done on the topic of this series of posts in February 2021. Scientists want to understand how people who go through sometimes horrific events often overcome adversity and seem to thrive afterward. In this first part of the series, we’ll discuss what resiliency is and...