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D.I.D. You Know? by tigrin D.I.D. You Know? by tigrin
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]

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

Further Reading:
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.

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. - 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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vervex Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Great job on this ! I learned a lot :)
Is anybody close to you suffering from it ?
tigrin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I have two friends who do. :) I'm glad you learned something from it.
TyrackWolfII Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Hmmm... very cool!

Now whenever I get asked what D.I.D. is, I'll just send them to this page. ^^
BarHaifisch Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Why arent their more comments? honestly!
It was very educational.
I think my favriot part is the ice cream drop.
Easy and efficant.

I wonder what Tabby would say about this?
He is DID, Im sure it has a fancy more spicific name but it is DID.
I wish there was a better way to say first i wrote 'he has it' but that sounds like a bug, or a virus. Bah.

I think weve all done the secound one. I do that every day. Honestly though, after the first time doing it, it scared me.
Id be sitting and thinking and oop! 10 hours went by.
tigrin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I wanted an example of a traumatic event that wasn't sensationalist... a lot of people seem to almost drool over other people's trauma... the ice cream thing is simple and not OMGTRAUMA. so I'm glad you liked that. :)

DID gets treated like a virus... one of the terms I often hear to refer to the "core" personality is the "host"... I avoid using that term if at all possible because alternate personalities are not parasites or something.. 8| who came up with these terms, I have no idea... but yeah, you can say "he has DID", I don't see what's wrong with that, it's kind of like saying he has the disorder... you could say he's multiple, but some people think that multiple shouldn't equal disordered, so... ^^; blah, rambling.

I used to read a lot of books and lose a lot of time. xD something else I do that I couldn't include is get really involved in movies. I get so into movies that when I leave the theater, I still feel like one of the characters.
BarHaifisch Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
Its creepy that people nejoy trama so much. >_O;;

Maybe that virus talk alos comes from the hollywood style. boo, D:.
I dont feel like its a disorder with him. Infact it kinda helps him. Like when hes tired he calls out the others and hell take that oh so needed nap.

I do not like movies that much. :> I get bored by just sitting there. If we watch a movie in my house i end up cooking. O_. i still have no idea why i chose cooking out of all the tasks i could do.

what if you became a dwarf from lord of the rings? that might be odd to be around.
tigrin Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional Filmographer
more likely the idea came from some psychologist trying to explain DID with very limited exposure to it. e.e;

Multiplicity's not always a disorder. :) Some people live just fine as more than one person. it's meant to be helpful.

When I saw "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron", I felt like a horse for a good 15 minutes or so. Galloped out of the theater. XD that was weird.
BarHaifisch Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007

oh god, i can see it now,
*random person walks out of theatre*
what in hell is that noise...*turns around*
tigrin : *stamping feet and snorting* :|
Calicolupe Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
As a psych major, I must tip my hat to you. Nice work!
greenangel Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
This should be a Daily Deviation.. wonderful job! Very educational as well as entertaining! 8D
tigrin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I would suggest it if I were allowed to. @.@ it certainly would be better than the daily "artistic nude" photo... e_e;;
greenangel Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
I AGREE. >8|
dbx-1138 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
I knew someone personally with thirteen distinct personalities. They had time loss, but they also had awareness that the personalities existed. ^_^

Extremely well written! Clear, informative, and understandable. ^_^
E-Lien Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW; well researched :O and wonderful cause behind all of this

+favs 8D
actoratheart Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Man, I have a lot of respect for you right now. One, for going through all the time to do the research, and two for actually putting this all together.

I've been trying to correct people about this stuff for a while- started it with the worst case of "Multiple Personality Disorder" and "Schizophrenia," in my opinion, is Gollum from Lord of the Rings. He's actually none of those things- Schizo, MPD, or DID. But people call it any of them, and it's wrong. :'| Yay Hollywood? >_<

After taking General Psych last semester and brushing the topic... I have some serious respect for you right now, for wading through all that information. Congrats on a job well done.
willow09 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I'm doing a paper on what Gollum is actually mentally suffering from... Any inputs? I was going more for him suffering DID but since you disagree, I wanna hear your thoughts on the matter... PM me, perhaps - if you're interested?
tigrin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Filmographer

Gollum is just one of many Hollywood characters that is some kind of hodge-podge of different psychiatric disorders... I think one of the more interesting ones I've seen is Mort Rainey from Secret Window... he had some bizarre combo of DID and schizophrenia... and even a bit of soulbonding going on (like multiple personalities with fictional characters). the actual Stephen King story not only had that going on, but even implied some sort of supernatural thing... it's just bizarre what people think up. @_@

I first learned about DID back in uh... when was it... .-. 2003. back then there wasn't much information about it. There's so much more out there now. I've been reading books and all that since 2003... so you could say this is about 4 years of research. *death* Thank you! :)
actoratheart Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Personally, I believe Gollum to not be suffering a disorder at all- the influence of the Ring splintered his mind and forced the dichotomy. *shrug* And oh god, I hadn't even considered Rainey. Secret Window was an excellent movie, and there's so much IN it. (*thinks* Probably ought to watch that again. >> ) Fiction is ridiculous. ._. And frankly, I think people's minds are scary. DDDD: (So says the amateur novelist. >3> Hmm, irony?)

Whoa. ._. Four years? DAMN, woman. I can hardly get myself to research a subject for two weeks to do a paper. xD It is unfortunate though, that Dissociatives really aren't talked about. :'| And they have very subtle names, at least a couple do-- I can guarantee that a very low percentage of the population can tell you what "Fugue" means without getting a dictionary. D:
NezuKunoichi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
I've spotted another typo, if it would help. The paragraph over "How is it Treated?" says, "In order to life with parents that are abusive--"
Gotta hate those words like "live" and "life," eh? I've had my share in typos concerning them. =)

Well, I'm definitely Favouriting this. Hope it gets on the front page.
tigrin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Oh man, I totally suck. XD I was typing all that directly into the program, so I'm not surprised that stuff went right by. Thanks for the correction. :)

it's selfish of me but I kind of hope it does too. not in my power though. ^^;
twistedtuesday Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
This is amazing, thanks for taking the time to create&;post it! I took an abnormal psychology class this past spring, and we touched on D.I.D. You really did make it easy for people to understand (and the pictures are great aids).
heather-hellion Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Brilliant, Tigs, brilliant. Thanks so much.
Erkhyan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007   Digital Artist
I might have to get some professional advice for a lot of things, but the first step would be to stop living in a country where psychology matters are considered a "decadent european invention".
zombie-tunes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
this is really interesting! <3 I didn't know much about it before I saw this. I'm definitely going to look through the books and websites you've listed.
pinali Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, a lot of stuff I didn't know there. Informative and amusing with the little pictures. :)
Tiiniuw Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007   Filmographer
Aah, this reminds me those psychology lessons that I had in my school. We talked about DID quite much. One person in our class even made a small lecture of it. :)

This was interesting to read. You told the main things in simple way and so that anyone can understand this. And yes, people should read this. I will spread the word!
tigrin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Filmographer
You're lucky to have had a class that was so open about it. A lot of textbooks either downplay the subject, or focus on the controversy (from what I've seen, usually in a negative way). I know I would be the person in a class to make a lecture. XD I'm sure I would be extremely annoying.

Thank you! :)
Dude, I'm so glad to see some information on this disorder that's not only edumicated [harrharr...i couldnt help myself. :b] but funny and easy to follow. The use of using things that everyone is familiar with, such as cars, really helps too.

moonfeather Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
I love you hun. :heart: im proud of you.
xglassdragonx Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
very interesting, looks like you spent a lot of time on this! though im happy to say i was under many false impressions about it =)
xglassdragonx Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
*wasn't XD
Penbee-of-Treewood Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent and informative. ^_^ I'm glad you did this because I can remember learning some of this in personality psychology and feeling like D.I.D. should be explained elsewhere, not just to the few who bother to take classes.

Only one real crit. On the off chance you want to/can edit it, I only caught one typo. In the last sentence of the paragraph before "How is it Treated?" you say "life a normal life" when you mean "live a normal life" It's not significant, but if you're looking for people to translate it, it might make a difference to your translator (depending on their own level of Eng. grammar). Gee, you can tell it's late when I'm interested in typos. Sorry. ^^
tigrin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Ahh, thank you! DD: I tried to pick up all the typos but my eyes just gloss over some things.
Encripted Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
thats extremely interesting and seemingly true. Must of taken you a while to gather all the appropriate information aswell.
kalenidus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Absolutely amazing. Very well researched, beautifuly explained and well detailed while remaining reader-friendly-simple. This is one excellent piece of work. My hat is off to you Tigrin. Congratulations.
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