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notes to self by FaithinWrongthings on Wed May 29, 2013 8:28 pm

quoted:To understand Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) you should start with an understanding of dissociation, the underlying act that is familiar to us all. Dissociation is a mental process that produces a lack of connection in our thoughts, a separation of emotions, physical sensations, memories, actions or even our sense of identity. Most of us experience mild dissociation in our everyday lives. We call it daydreaming, getting lost in a movie or a book, or driving home on autopilot. These examples of dissociation are normal, and a mild form of amnesia.: end quote one

^what is dissociation^

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Dissociation can become a disorder when it begins during a person's developmental years and becomes habitual and ingrained. I developed DID as many others have: from enduring a tragically violent childhood. When I was attacked, I instinctively dissociated. Because the experiences were too traumatic for me to deal with, I cognitively left my body and observed the incidents from outside myself. I watched from a distance as if the assaults were happening to someone else. Even while an attack was happening, I was filing the experience away into a mental room, as if it were a movie clip. Then I closed and locked the door. :end quote two

^how it was formed^

quote three:Children most commonly use dissociation, as I did, as an extremely effective defense against acute physical and emotional pain - or even anxious anticipation of that pain. I often refer to this in my presentations as a superpower. It is considered a highly creative survival technique because it allows an individual enduring hopeless circumstances to preserve some areas of healthy functioning. While a person is dissociating, some information - particularly the circumstances surrounding a traumatic event - is not associated with other information as it normally would be. It is held in some peripheral awareness. In that way, it is kept at a distance from the child's immediate awareness, ideally until the time when he or she has the strength or perspective to confront the experience.

If the abuse continues, over time dissociation can become habitual, reinforced and conditioned. This effective strategy can become a way of life: an automatic response to being "triggered". In other words, the person automatically dissociates when a particular environmental cue or event is similar to a previous traumatic event. The person triggered feels threatened or anxious even if the situation doesn't seem threatening to anyone else.: end quote three


We all have multiple parts to our personalities. You refer to yourself as "I" or "me" even though you act differently at work or school than you do at home because you experience yourself as a single whole. You feel comfortable moving from one part of "me" to another, just as you would walking from one room in a house to another.

What makes the mind organization of someone with DID different is that instead of having open doors between the different "rooms" of their personalities, they have walls called amnestic barriers. The differences among personality states are therefore experienced as stronger than usual, making each state feel like a different personality. So the part that gets angry in the grocery store experiences itself as separate from the part that behaves politely at Thanksgiving dinner. The personalities of people with DID are organized more like apartment buildings than single-family homes--everyone lives in the same building, but the walls keep them from being aware of each other in the same way they would be in a house.

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sick of titles...maybe ill just number them by sabotage3 on Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:11 pm
I dont recognize the person I used to be. I dont feel the same. I know people change - but why do I get worse?

Maybe it just seems that way right now because Im in such a bad place. IDK.

I dont know...

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do it again by sabotage3 on Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:17 pm
Now you swear and kick and beg us
That you're not a gamblin' man
Then you find you're back in Vegas
With a handle in your hand

-Steely Dan

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I must specify a subject when posting a new topic by sabotage3 on Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:18 pm
ok. Let's try a blog then. I suppose they probably need to be mod approved also.

I dont get it. If I wanted to post something atrocious like nude photos of myself couldnt I just as easily do it in the...

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Nair™ Burns by AnnMarie on Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:59 pm
In the end, it was anti-climactically simple. For about a week, I’ve been eager to buy something girly; but whenever I went to the store, I would run into people I knew. I had basically given up; and t...

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creating music as activity by OMNICELL on Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:00 am
My mental illness destroyed many areas of my life; 2 specific areas; the ability to get involved in activities and relationships!

I bitch about the situations I have with women! the main problem...

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Re: I must specify a subject when posting a new topic by Snaga on Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:10 am
Yes, all blog and journal entries go thru the mod team..

Re: getting used to meds by wasp_rainbowarrior on Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:11 am
i'm always uncomfortable around men. around straight men i feel like an outsider and around gay men i feel this pressure to be something i'm not. i just hate the way the entirety of men socialize, i guess....

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Re: this should be interesting by msunderstood on Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:31 pm
It's not "my" blog if it has to be moderated. It's the forum's.

Re: this should be interesting by Snaga on Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:31 am
We don't delete posts, as a rule. And yes, all blog posts are moderated...

As for content, as long as you're within forum rules for graphic content and are respectful of other members, it's your blog,...

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Re: this should be interesting by msunderstood on Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:58 pm
just ignore me.

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