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Re: DID? what's it mean?....

Posted by Brenda on April 20, 2000, at 12:31:51

In reply to DID? what's it mean?...., posted by scared one on April 20, 2000, at 11:07:06

> i am very scared.
> therapist says i have DID. what does this mean? i am very afraid.
> who am i? am i really who i thought?
> this sounds so crazy. are there really other people in my head?
> anyone have any info about it?
> scared one

Dear Scared One, DID means Dissociative Identity Disorder. Copied from the dictionary of psychology, Dissociative Disorder is: "A general term for those psychological disorders characterized by a breakdown in the usual integrated functions of consciousness, perception of self, and sensory/motor behavior. Generally included, depersonalization disorder, multiple personality and some forms of amnesia and fugue." Dissociative disorder generally means you dissociate from your Self. That can be lost periods of time. People tell you that you did or say things you have no memory for. It's an internal protective mechanism from things we cannot consciously handle or a blocking mechanism for things to painful to remember.
Please don't be frightened. Ask your therapist to explain it to you. You're okay. If there are other "people" in your head - they are all there looking out for you. They are all part of you. At least that's my opinion. If your therapist can't/won't explain, see if you can find a therapist who will talk to you about it.
Take care of yourself and try not to be too scared. Brenda.




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