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Hi, all! I finally figured out a few years ago that I am multiple, having suffered yet to some degree succeeded in life with dissociative identity disorder. Like many with DID, there had been areas of and moments in my life that were confusing and dysfunctional but I could never figure out why.

I had periodic depressions and my memory was often poor. But I didn't experience the hallmarks of DID like losing chunks of time. I spent a small fortune on books, seminars, and therapists. I looked into the possibility of having DID many times, but the clues gave me no certainty and no therapist helped me focus on the potential root cause of my problems. Blocked awareness and inaccessible memories are how DID works. A blessing in childhood, problematic later.

Several years ago, trauma memories started coming to me in images and flashbacks, and alters "woke up" and communicated with me. It was easy to admit that I had DID -- I had always felt a bit like a counterfeit -- but really hard to fathom how the "good" parents I remembered were randomly monstrous abusers of me as a child, psychologically, physically and sexually.

I will never, ever, ever understand how a person can hurt a small, innocent, utterly defenseless child, especially their own child, and not once but hundreds of time. It seems contrary to every human instinct. But it happened. And though it wasn't necessary, I sought and discovered external proof it happened. Now I work in therapy and in life to reverse the damage these warped people caused.

In 2011 I began communicating with a teen with DID and, when it looked like he would become homeless, I hired him, knowing it would be a challenge, as a live-in personal assistant for cooking, errands and driving. We quickly began to rely on and support each other the way healthy families do, so a couple years later I adopted him. Really, I adopted them. Over the years we've learned how to attach to another person, safely and in a family context. The best revenge is living well.
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Family Tree as of 3-11-13

Permanent Linkby Johnny-Jack on Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:41 am

Chronology of arrival of alters
as far as can be reconstructed
Suggests who was derived from whom

AGE.............ALTERS.....................................ARRIVAL #

..0................ADAM (core)..................................1.....
.3 mos............|.....\..............SPHINX*..................2....
.4 mos............|.......ASHÁR.................................3....
.8 mos...........LITTLE JOHN..................................4.....
..1.................|...|.........\......................................
..1½...............|..Edward....\...............................5....
..2.................|................Max...........................6....
..2½...........JOHN (host).......................................7...
..2¾........../.|.|.|\..\...\..........................................
..3.........../..|.|.|.\...\...Carter.............................8....
..4........./....|.|..|..\...Quato, Hansel, Johann....9, 10, 11..
..5. Chase.....|.|...|...\........................................12...
..6..JONATHAN..|....|....\.....................................13...
..7.................|......|...JACK...............................14...
..8.................|.......|.....|......................................
..9.................|........|....DAN.............................15...
10..................|.........|...........................................
11..................|..........|.........................................
12...Marc-Dominic...........|...................................16..
..................................|.......................................
44.............................Aaron...............................17..

(*) gatekeeper/observer, not a regular alter
CAPITALS: Alters always known to gatekeeper Sphinx

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