Stigmatizing Mental Illness- navigating the healthy world
January 16, 2014 12:14 PM Subscribe
I have Disossociative Identity Disorder (DID) which is sometimes referred to as multiple personalities. I am normal in many other respects...and just want a little perspective from people with no experience with the disorder.
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So about me: I hold multiple degrees, have a stable 9-5 job, a little bit of a social life, married (no kids). I engage in therapy and group therapy and have a psychiatrist. I haven't had any recent hospitalizations (though have required some intensive therapy and specialized inpatient in the past). The switching/memory issues are under control so I have a continuity of whats going on in my life. Of course, all of this comes with my very extensive childhood trauma history.
My biggest issue now is relating with people who will never know I have the disorder (huge stigma) and will most likely never know my childhood history outside of 'it was messed up.' I have a lot of memory loss about my childhood, and I miss many cultural references due to the chaoticness of my upbringing when things like that come up in conversation. In present, I have hobbies, and interests which I can hold conversations with. I'm writing this because I want perspective from people outside of my inner circle of people who know/mental health professionals about other people's perspective on finding out a co-worker actually has DID. I'm very selective about 'coming out' and don't really need advice on how to do that. It is more of 'what are other people thinking?' and 'what would other people think' if for some reason the secret did get out. And I also just think I'm lying to everyone about who I am, as the DID is a big part of my life and how I perceive and interact in the world. Is that true?
In a way, a point of this post is to lesson some of my internal stigma or validate it. Because I really have no idea what someone with no knowledge of the disorder outside of a few TV shows/ horror movies would even begin to think.