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D.I.D. You Know?
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Published: June 21, 2007
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER - PLEASE READ:
I am not a doctor. I am not qualified to give medical advice or make a diagnosis. I'm not even a student. DO NOT attempt to use this information to make a diagnosis. Do not diagnose yourself or someone else. If you think you or someone else needs help, please seek professional advice. This is meant to be an EXTREMELY BRIEF guide to a very complex condition. All I know, I have learned from reading a lot of books, browsing a lot of websites, watching a lot of movies and television, and meeting a lot of people. Because this is a very controversial diagnosis, I have attempted to present a middle ground in terms of what DID is. The terms I have chosen are not official terms. While all this information is based on fact and the experiences of others, it is not meant to be "official" or used in research documents. It is ultimately my reflections on and opinions of the diagnosis, and should be treated as such. If you are interested in this condition, I highly encourage looking up more information, which I will post at the bottom of this description.

Why Dissociative Identity Disorder? Why not Multiple Personality Disorder?
In order to avoid moral and religious conflict, the diagnosis term was changed from "Multiple Personality Disorder" to "Dissociative Identity Disorder" in the United States. The term "dissociative identity" refers to the idea that personalities in a multiple system are not actually personalities. Instead, they are dissociated parts of a "core" personality, who lives with the delusion of having separate personalities. Personalities are actually just aspects of a single self that have been disowned and given another name. I have chosen not to present this definition of DID. While I do believe this to an extent, I believe that personalities can be more than just an aspect with a name, a delusional "dissociated identity". Sometimes there is no "core" personality, and sometimes personalities actually split off other personalities. I think the definition is too limiting, so I have chosen to present it in a more neutral light that is more sympathetic to the people who experience this condition. It is difficult enough for multiples to accept themselves without being told that their experience is a delusion. Personalities feel and act very real. If you meet a multiple, please do not try to convince personalities that they are not real, and should go back to being so-and-so. You wouldn't like it if I said it to you, and it does NOT help at all. Whether personalities are "real" or not is irrelevant... it's the experience that matters. Well, those are just my thoughts are anyway, and I'm certainly not forcing anyone to think differently.

About this Deviation:
Why did I make this? Firstly, because you won't believe how many people don't know a thing about DID, or even what schizophrenia is. Everyone knows about "multiple personalities", but no one knows what it really is. The things I do hear have been set up and fed by Hollywood bullshit. The worst for me is to see people talking about and presenting false information, especially in popular media that reaches a wide audience. Not okay. People need to know something that hasn't been filtered through corporate logos. They need somewhere to start, and this is as good as any.

Second, because there is practically no support out there for DID. People with DID are forced to hide in online communities under false identities because of the stigma of the label. Insurance companies won't support medications or therapy with dissociative diagnostic codes. DID parents can be considered incompetent and their children taken away, and employees can be fired. Some people with DID are so crippled by a combination of the diagnosis and outside stigma that they're forced to survive off disability, or be homeless. Also, very few therapists are familiar with dissociative disorders, and even fewer have the skills and the specialty to actually treat it. Having been around the system, I can say it's impossible to find someone without dropping a lot of cash... something most people just don't have. and even when you find someone, they might not have the right skills or attitude about the DID. Not to mention that therapists who do treat a dissociative case can be assaulted with criticism and their patients attacked with accusations of hypnotism and brainwashing. More people who are in the position to help others - therapists, psychiatrists, med students - need to know what this is really about. There needs to be more support out there.

I want to say right now that I do not care if you think that DID is a bunch of crap. If you have negative comments or criticism, you are welcome to note them to me. If they are rational enough, I will respond. but I will not argue with or try to persuade someone who does not want to be persuaded. I want you to believe what you want to believe. but I want you to make an informed decision.

I made this because I want something that is short, interesting, humorous, and generally easy for anyone to understand. Anyone should have the opportunity to understand this, and I hope people do get something out of this. I do encourage you to show this to whoever you'd like. You can link to it anywhere you'd like. Just do not alter it, slander it, or claim that you wrote it. That's not cool. This is the only time I'll ever, ever ask this: please favorite this. Even if you don't have a comment, favorite it. I want this to reach as many people as possible. Link to it in your journals, whatever you want to do. Any and all help is appreciated. I'm just one person but there's a lot of you.

If you happen to be proficient in another language and would like to translate the text, I would be more than happy to post up a translated version. :)

Here are the individual pages.. easier to print:
Page 1: [link]
Page 2: [link]
Page 3: [link]
Page 4: [link]

Translations:
Brazilian Portuguese: Page 1/Page 2/Page 3/Page 4 Thank you ~Halexandre!

Further Reading:
Books:
The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook by Deborah Bray Haddock - I read through this in a bookstore once and was really impressed by it.
First Person Plural by Dr. Cameron West - Of the autobiography/biography books I've read on the subject, this is probably my favorite.
Mahoraba - Of all the fictional accounts of "multiple personality" that I've seen, this is my favorite so far. It doesn't sensationalize it or anything; it's just a cute, fun read. It's not syndicated yet, but there are "scanlations" floating around the 'net.
Astraea's Bookstore - this is a massive list of books related to multiplicity/plurality with reviews... lots more books here, and some second opinions.

Websites
The Layman's Guide to Multiplicity - I often refer people to this site if they're new to the whole idea. Really well set up and explained.
Multiplicity: The Missing Manual - It's big, and it's a wiki!
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation - They've got a lot of information about dissociation and lots of stuff for professionals who are new to the concept.
Mind.org.uk - a booklet on dissociative disorders
Dissociative Identity Disorder Questions and Misconceptions - lots of research and even history of the diagnosis.
Astraea's Web - a massive website that is the hub of healthy multiplicity and plurality. Lots of articles, a helpful terms section, etc. etc.
"You're Not Crazy & You're Not Alone" - Clips from a DVD about DID

Well anyways... any and all questions are welcome... if I get the same question a lot, I'll post it here... you can leave them in comments, note them to me, or e-mail them to me, doesn't matter... :) Thanks!

Almost forgot, credit for the silly but witty title goes to *Reich! Thanks for letting me use it. ;)
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MagicUniClawsHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for posting this.  It can be really hard to describe DID to someone when they ask what exactly it is.  I remember when I fist learned I had it (at that point I had developed five different personalities), I told a friend.  We would often play and joke, and one day she mentioned it to another girl.  The girl immediately said "So she has schizophrenia?"  and I had no clue how to tell her what DID was.
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D33rBoiHobbyist General Artist
i always wanted to talk to someone about this but i'm afraid of what they'll do to me or him i only recently found out from friends of mine that i sometimes act completely different and go by a different age and name, i don't remember any of this so its really confusing and concerning,but i have seen msgs and other stuff my so called other writes and they'll even post art without me knowing.though i do know a lot of things could have triggered this when i was younger and even now.  
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DIDisRealHobbyist Digital Artist
excellent, thanks for making
NTA65bz's avatar
I just wrote a FRICKIN 19-PAGED ESSAY FOR MY HOMEWORK



AND THEN I FOUND THIS


WHY DIDN'T I FIND THIS LAST MONTH????????

>:O >:O >:O
tigrin's avatar
tigrinProfessional Filmographer
lol! It's probably better you did research without this, because it's almost ten years old. There's even been a new DSM since I made this.
LB-Lee's avatar
LB-LeeProfessional General Artist
Hello, we faved this AGES ago, and you inspired us to start making our own educational mental health comics, which are now being used by mental hospitals, therapists, and multiples and the people who care about them!  We've been doing cons and panels on mental health comics, and now it's become something we're known for.

Thank you so much for giving us the initial inspiration, seven years ago!  Is there any place I could buy a print copy of this?

--Rogan
tigrin's avatar
tigrinProfessional Filmographer
Wow, that's really cool! Thanks for sharing with me. :)

I don't have prints available, unfortunately. :(
NickolasCat's avatar
NickolasCatHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this really helped me understand what this is better
Ever since seeing a lot of people around who actually have this or at least something similair, i really started looking into it more
Thanks a lot for this, it helped me a lot uvu
tigrin's avatar
tigrinProfessional Filmographer
No problem. If you have any questions, just let me know. :)
Skully-Keys's avatar
Skully-KeysHobbyist General Artist
This... is..... EPIC! :happybounce:
RedStars7's avatar
RedStars7Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been researching DID for 6 years because of the (hopefully realistic) story I'm writing, and this was one of the pieces that I really found great. Thank you for this brilliant piece.
Jaquina's avatar
JaquinaStudent Traditional Artist
very informative! Good job!
sethlolz's avatar
Oh my dear sweet GOD, this comic was in a video that I watched the other day! :la: I loved the video, and your art style is adorable.
tigrin's avatar
tigrinProfessional Filmographer
Huh?? What was the video? I didn't give them permission to use this, though it's fine if they used this in a good way...
sethlolz's avatar
It was a wonderful educational video made by someone diagnosed with DID and presented to college psychology students to spread awareness. :)

Here's a link to the video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N-cmC…
tigrin's avatar
tigrinProfessional Filmographer
Wow, that's really cool! I'll have to give it a full watch sometime but I'm really glad this helped out her presentation. Thanks for sharing. :)
sethlolz's avatar
No problem! ^^ Anything to help spread the word.
Imaginary-Shadow's avatar
This is beauuutifuuuulll.... Thank you so much for putting it together.
I do research on psychology as a kind-of obsessive hobby... And this really phrases lots of things quite comprehensively. Thank you for including more research options, as well! I shall be looking into them when I can.
tigrin's avatar
tigrinProfessional Filmographer
Thanks, let me know if you have any questions. :)
InkStarRosie's avatar
InkStarRosieStudent General Artist
i have D.I.D. and we cherish and fight every moment of it <3
lexiejay's avatar
Wow, this is incredibly informed and way easier to understand than wikipedia! You should really think about doing comics explaining other disorders like this because the explanations are easy to understand, the comics add a small dose of humor and clarity to the subject, and it's all in all nonjudgemental. =)
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tigrinProfessional Filmographer
Thank! I would make more comics if I felt like I knew as much about anything else mental health-related. There are some things I know quite a bit about (like most anxiety disorders), but I spent several years studying dissociative disorders and talking to people who experienced them (including myself) before writing this one.
lexiejay's avatar
So you have a dissociative disorder? And it sounds like you spend a lot of time in the field of psychology, do you have a job in that field?
tigrin's avatar
tigrinProfessional Filmographer
I was diagnosed with DD-NOS as a teen (the panel with the little girl looking at a flower were my 'alters' at the time). It's not really something that I deal with as much anymore. I'm not involved in the field of psychology at all, I just wanted to know as much as I could about dissociative disorders. :) Studying psychology is a weird hobby for me. I think it's always the people with the most problems to solve who are the most interested in it, haha.
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