Tag Archives: dissociative symptoms

We were talking about dissociation when a man I once knew told me he’d been entirely unaware of a hospital stay until he got the bill. I didn’t say it, but I immediately thought, ‘he obviously has Dissociative Identity Disorder.’ … Continue reading

If you’ve ever seen a television crime show featuring a suspect with Dissociative Identity Disorder, you’ve seen a theatrical depiction of identity alteration, the fifth of the five main dissociative symptoms. A bewildered man suspected of murder is brought in … Continue reading

I used to make lists of things I liked and didn’t like. If I wanted to marry and have children, that went on the list. If I enjoyed musical theater, that too went on the list. Inevitably a day would … Continue reading

We’ve covered depersonalization and derealization, two of the five core dissociative symptoms. As someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder, both of those forms of dissociation affect me regularly. But the remaining three impact my life most profoundly. Dissociative amnesia, as I’ll … Continue reading

I remember a certain meeting with a girlfriend in a coffee shop. I arrived before her and sat working on a crossword puzzle while I waited. It wasn’t long before she was standing next to me saying, “Hi!” I looked … Continue reading

What’s it like to live with Dissociative Identity Disorder ? Articulating the answer is challenging for me. Partly because I don’t know what it’s like to live without DID; partly because describing it requires a base-line level of awareness that … Continue reading