Scared to Work with Dissociative Identity Disorder? Don’t Be. | The Exhausted Woman

Over the past several years, I have had the privilege of working with a hand full of clients who have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) or what was once called Multiple Personality Disorder. I use the word “privilege” because gaining the trust and confidence of these clients is difficult but so worth the effort. Generally speaking, DIDs have endured enormous childhood trauma, almost every type of abuse, abandonment by friends and family, rejection from society and mental health professionals, and/or intense fear of themselves and others. They routinely feel disconnected, frightened, discouraged, confused, threatened, hurt, violated, overwhelmed and scared. Their thoughts oscillate between disorganized/orderly, obsessive/decisive, and self-defeating/arrogant. All of this results in tumultuous relationships, difficulty holding down a job, and a sense that they are “loosing it.” Working with a DID is not for the faint of heart and requires as much commitment on the part of the

Source: Scared to Work with Dissociative Identity Disorder? Don’t Be. | The Exhausted Woman

2 thoughts on “Scared to Work with Dissociative Identity Disorder? Don’t Be. | The Exhausted Woman

  1. Dear Christine,
    I commend you for addressing a topic as complex and as challenging as Dissociative Identity Disorder. I found your article helpful in some ways and unhelpful in others.
    First, I implore you to write about people who have been diagnosed with DID. A person with a disorder is not that disorder, i.e., ‘a DID.’ A person on the autism spectrum is not ‘an autistic.’ We left that language behind long ago. At least, I thought we had done so!
    Second, full- or even partial integration of the various ‘alters’ which characterize a person (client) with DID is, in my opinion, not the decision of a therapist. Rather, it is the decision of the individual with Dissociative Identity Disorder. I believe the role of a therapist in this situation is to explore with her client the ramifications of the client’s decision, and ultimately to support her client’s choice. Integration is an extremely sensitive and personal issue for individuals who have DID.
    Third, though I feel you have put forth some valid and valuable concepts, you should, in my opinion, have your articles proofread for errors of spelling (losing it, not ‘loosing it’), syntax and grammar. When these areas are not addressed, an article cannot withstand the peer-review process with its dignity intact. I really feel you owe this to yourself as a professional whose target reading audience is other professionals.
    Thank you for considering my critique. The topic is of interest to me, as I have a loved one who has been diagnosed with DID, and I wish that several of the person’s therapists had availed themselves of guidance such as what you have discussed in your article. Thank you for sharing your experience!
    Respectfully ~,

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