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Does Someone You Know Have Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Does Someone You Know Have Dissociative Identity Disorder?

With more than 1% of the population having dissociative identity disorder (DID), it’s more likely than not that you know someone who has DID. He or she may be open about his or her diagnosis, or you may suspect the disorder even though he or she hasn’t admitted it. So, what should you do if you think someone you know has DID?

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Grief and Dissociative Identity Disorder: Death and Loss

Grief and Dissociative Identity Disorder: Death and Loss

Grief and dissociative identity disorder can be complicated. People experience grief at various times throughout their lives, often when someone passes away. These losses can be difficult to manage, and when you have dissociative identity disorder (DID), that grief can be even more complicated. Recognizing the complexity of grief and working through it is important for those with DID in order to get through times of loss.

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Dissociative Identity Disorder Self-Care: Setting Boundaries

Dissociative Identity Disorder Self-Care: Setting Boundaries

Self-care involves taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional needs, and is especially important for people with dissociative identity disorder (DID). One component of self-care that is essential for people with DID to practice is setting boundaries. Healthy boundaries are necessary in order to maintain good health. Setting these boundaries and communicating your needs can make managing life with DID a little easier.

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Forming Relationships With Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Forming Relationships With Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Forming relationships with alters in dissociative identity disorder (DID) isn’t much different from forming social relationships. For example, we have close relationships and distant relationships, relationships built on open communication and relationships that seem to be closed off.  Those same complexities exist in the relationships people with DID have with their alters.

Those of us with DID work diligently in forming relationships with our alters.  Understanding these relationships can eventually lead to better self-understanding and self-awareness, and can make managing life with DID a little easier.

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Tips For Partners Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Tips For Partners Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) presents unique difficulties, whether you’re the one that has it or the person who loves the one living with it. I can only imagine how frustrating, confusing, even painful it must sometimes be to have a partner with DID.

I’ve witnessed how challenging it often is for my own partner and, if some of the comments I’ve received here at Dissociative Living are in any way representative, her experience is typical. But it’s also largely ignored. Partners of people with DID don’t get that much support or encouragement, primarily because only those who’ve been there can truly understand (Caregiver Stress and Compassion Fatigue).

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3 Ugly Truths about Dissociative Identity Disorder

3 Ugly Truths about Dissociative Identity Disorder

I’m thoroughly exhausted by the effort I expend to shield others from Dissociative Identity Disorder. I’m worn out on cleaning up the messes that inevitably occur when all that effort just isn’t enough. I don’t want to apologize for those messes anymore just now. I don’t want to explain. I don’t want to make speeches about personal responsibility and how I won’t blame Dissociative Identity Disorder for problems directly related to – surprise! – Dissociative Identity Disorder. There are only so many guilty verdicts I can receive before I start to feel a little worthless. And I can only try so hard to protect the people around me from DID before I’m depleted.

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Don’t Use My Mental Illness As An Excuse

Don’t Use My Mental Illness As An Excuse

Don't use my mental illness as an excuse for anything. No, a relationship with someone who has DID isn't easy, but I'm not always the problem. Read this.

I’m one of many people with dissociative identity disorder (DID). I lose time, regularly forget pretty important stuff, and I have alters who behave according to their perceptions of the world, not mine. How does that translate to daily life? I mess up – badly and often. As I see it, the fact that I can’t control DID is beside the point when it comes to personal responsibility. I don’t believe my mental illness entitles me to some bad behavior or extra leniency. But just like I can’t use DID as an excuse, neither can anyone else.

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Dissociative Parenting: Memory, Mistakes, and Middle School

Dissociative Parenting: Memory, Mistakes, and Middle School

Yesterday was a big day for me and my son. He started middle school. I received a painful reminder that I’d be a better mother if I didn’t have Dissociative Identity Disorder and the unique memory problems that go with it.

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DID, Identity Alteration, and The Lonely Illusion of Intimacy

DID, Identity Alteration, and The Lonely Illusion of Intimacy

Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder is, among other things, lonely. I often feel like I’m watching my life as it’s lived by braver or more competent others. A situation presents itself and, without conscious choice, the deck that is my system of alters begins to shuffle. Some force outside my control determines, almost instantaneously, the card best suited for the circumstances; and the card plays until the shuffling begins again. On one hand, this identity alteration is precisely what has allowed me to find employment, make friends, and parent a child. On the other, it’s what separates me from the world and makes intimacy an illusion that only rarely becomes my reality.

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Love and DID: Sometimes More is Less

Love and DID: Sometimes More is Less

Today, I’m pausing my discussion of the contributing factors in the development of Dissociative Identity Disorder to talk about Dissociative Identity Disorder and relationships. Navigating relationships may be the single biggest challenge I encounter living with DID. I see the havoc my disorder wreaks on my most intimate relationships and I feel helpless to do anything about it. I watch my partner in particular struggle with abandonment, loneliness, and the chaotic nature of DID and I know that more personalities doesn’t always mean more love.

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