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How the DID Host of Our System Protected Our Lives

How the DID Host of Our System Protected Our Lives

The dissociative identity disorder host of my system protected and saved the lives of our alters. Learn what the DID host does at HealthyPlace, and discover why shielding the DID system from life stressors is important.

The dissociative identity disorder (DID) host in our system has a job similar to the host of a party. When I think of a host, I think of a man or woman attending to the needs of the party-goers, scurrying about a table of guests, flitting from room to room, checking on food and drink to make sure each guest has what he or she needs. A host may wear many hats, including a manager, entertainer, presenter, and all-around overseer to make sure the party runs smoothly.

In DID, most systems have what is also called a “host,” which in some ways is very similar to a traditional host whom might manage the surrounding environment.

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I Hear Voices with My DID But I’m Not Always Honest About It

I Hear Voices with My DID But I’m Not Always Honest About It

Hearing voices is a common experience in dissociative identity disorder (DID). But is it understood? Learn why some people mistake hearing voices for psychosis.

I hear voices because of my dissociative identity disorder (DID), but I’m not psychotic. Hearing voices is a symptom experienced by many people who have DID. These auditory hallucinations are not the same as those experienced in psychosis; they are internal rather than external. Hearing voices is a normal part of having DID, but is a misunderstood symptom.

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Introduction to Becca Hargis, Author of ‘Dissociative Living’

Introduction to Becca Hargis, Author of ‘Dissociative Living’

Becca Hargis has dissociative identity disorder (DID) and is a new author on the "Dissociative Living" blog. Learn about Becca Hargis's struggle with DID.My name is Becca Hargis, and I am greatly excited to join the Dissociative Living blog.  I was first diagnosed in 1992 with dissociative identity disorder (DID), known then as multiple personality disorder; however, the stigma attached to the diagnosis made me run. I knew there was something not quite “right” about me, but I couldn’t accept that it was DID, so I fired my therapist. It took several more years and many more therapists, all of whom diagnosed me with DID, before I finally accepted it.

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How to Ask for Help for Dissociative Identity Disorder

How to Ask for Help for Dissociative Identity Disorder

Help for dissociative identity disorder is out there, but asking for it can be scary and triggering for someone with DID. Learn what you can do to manage.

It can be very difficult to ask for help for dissociative identity disorder (DID). People with mental health struggles, including people with DID, often need help and support from people on the outside, whether it be doctors, therapists, family, or friends. Sometimes, it is obvious to others that we need help (Dissociative Identity Disorder Signs and Symptoms). But what happens when we need help for dissociative identity disorder and have trouble asking for it?

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Resolution to Manage Dissociation in DID for the New Year

Resolution to Manage Dissociation in DID for the New Year

I want to manage dissociation better this year. Dissociation can get in the way of living. Here's how I plan to manage dissociation this year. How will you?

How can I manage dissociation in the new year better than I did last year? This year, my dissociative identity disorder (DID) made celebrating the new year difficult. New Year’s Day could symbolize another year of dissociation, and another year of instability. But New Year’s can also be a time to recognize progress and to make resolutions that promote healing and change. That’s why I am choosing to make resolutions for my DID–I’m going to manage dissociation much better this year. You can, too.

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Make a Cope-Ahead Plan for Dissociation This Holiday Season

Make a Cope-Ahead Plan for Dissociation This Holiday Season

A cope ahead plan for dissociation during the holidays can help you manage sensory overload and triggers. Learn how to make a cope ahead plan for dissociation.

A cope-ahead plan for dissociation will come in handy this holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, New Year’s, or nothing at all, this time of the year can be difficult when you have a dissociative disorder. Financial stress, sensory overload, and time-related triggers are just some of the things that can lead to an increase in dissociation. So how can you cope with all of these symptoms and make it through the holiday season? How do you make a cope-ahead plan for dissociation?

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Confessions of a Dissociative Identity Disorder Writer

Confessions of a Dissociative Identity Disorder Writer

The struggle with dissociative identity disorder is constant, even if you're a DID writer who helps others to cope. Writing about DID doesn't mean I'm at 100%.

I have dissociative identity disorder (DID), and since I write about DID, it may seem like living and functioning with this disorder is possible. But is that the reality? Dissociative identity disorder is a complex disorder. There are dozens of symptoms for DID and no concrete cure. This disorder affects all aspects of your life. And even though I’m a DID writer who seems to have it together when it comes to my disorder, I have a confession to make.

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Age Regression in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Age Regression in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Age regression is a common occurrence in mental illness, especially DID. What does it feel like to regress in age? What can you do to cope with it? Learn here.

Age regression occurs in dissociative identity disorder (DID) particularly, but also in other mental illnesses such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder. While many people with DID have young or child alters, called littles, age regression is something different. So what is age regression, and how do you cope with it?

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Dissociation from Trauma Saved My Life, and I Am Thankful

Dissociation from Trauma Saved My Life, and I Am Thankful

Dissociation from trauma happens when the trauma is too much to bear. So while I'm not thankful for DID, I am thankful for dissociation. It saved my life.

As a person who experienced dissociation from trauma, I am thankful for dissociation even though it happens to this day. It can be difficult to be thankful for things when you have dissociative identity disorder (DID). When you have DID, you have experienced significant trauma that impacts your entire life. So what’s to be thankful for when things seem to be so hard? Is dissociation from trauma something to be thankful for?

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What Dissociative Identity Disorder Is Not

What Dissociative Identity Disorder Is Not

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is not what you may think it is. Knowing what dissociative identity disorder is not helps weed out mental health stigmas.

There are hundreds of articles describing what dissociative identity disorder (DID) is, but there aren’t many articles describing what DID is not. With all of the misconceptions and stigma out there about DID, it is just as important to write about what DID is not as it is to write about what DID is. Let us clear the air about DID.

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