Introduction to Becca Hargis, Author of ‘Dissociative Living’
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.
Becca Hargis Has Trouble Accepting Her Dissociative Identity Disorder
For years, it was difficult having the stigma of dissociative identity disorder with my accompanying headmates, known as “alters,” personalities, in tow. For a time, I never admitted my diagnosis to anyone except my husband. As is his nature, he was very accepting and supportive. Sometime later, I told my parents about my DID. They replied, “That explains a lot.” It made me realize how my disorder had affected other people and also how much I needed help.
Becca Hargis Becomes Open About Her Dissociative Identity Disorder
I am more open about having DID now. I accept I’m not crazy; I just have a unique way of dealing with life. Most people in my life do not know I have DID except for a few close friends and family. It is time, though, for the rest of the world to know I have DID, and there is no shame in the diagnosis or in us. We are not damaged goods. At one time, DID made me feel lonely, isolated, and stigmatized, but we are stronger than our symptoms and our disorder.
More About Becca Hargis and Where She Wants to Take the 'Dissociative Living' Blog
By means of this blog, and through our openness and honesty about our life with DID, we would like to help inspire you to know you are not without hope. With us, you are never alone. We gently put our hand in yours, and we will do together what we could not have done alone.
Hargis, B. (2018, February 9). Introduction to Becca Hargis, Author of ‘Dissociative Living’, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/dissociativeliving/2018/02/introduction-to-becca-hargis