Mx. Pierce is a younger writer with experience in copyediting, creative writing, literary magazines, theatre and the arts.
Science needs natural roots, not man made straws.
Science is not living, it is an amalgamation of raised hands and say-sos of dead or unlicensed people who never experienced these issues in their life- except when it came to seeing them from an armchair. Science may be right but even those natural rules are controlled by human hands. In our opinion, many DID patients have fallen into the limits of scientific behavior because they were told not to converse with other systems, leaving them with no community and help around the world until they later find the vast community online, with that community also spreading the same hateful rhetoric and language as the professionals. Our language is being used against all of us, no matter your role.
Dissociative Identity Disorder and trauma
Many say that DID comes from being traumatized. What they fail to understand is the difference between Traumagenic and DID/OSDD. DID is a diagnosis, a dissociative disorder, not a trauma disorder. Trauma is not a requirement for DID or OSDD, but it is a requirement for Traumagenic systems who directly come from the internalized trauma of any age. The criteria for DID is abnormal dissociation, continuous separated and recognizable states of identity and severe amounts of distress and discomfort. There is no trauma that comes with a diagnosis except when the patient is abused, which is common with professionals that don’t know how to deal with DID patients and plural people. Trauma is not a requirement for DID but trauma is often the cause of dissociation and therefore is associated/linked with DID in a manner of explaining the cause of it. The idea that trauma is inherently a part of DID gives the idea of someone outside always being able to make someone internalize and judge an experience to the point where they are traumatized. While it could happen, trauma is an internalized form of punishment, the victim is hurt and instead of having a moment to understand and relieve that traumatic experience- it becomes internalized hatred for the self. Some people who have been traumatized claimed they felt like it was their fault and instead of getting help, they pushed it inside and created emotional and physical damage. That is trauma.
Dissociation is more than a trauma response
Dissociation is a form of detachment from one’s personal being, self, identity or thoughts. This can come in many shapes and forms like daydreaming, imagination, spacing out and more. Dissociation in DID is an extreme form of these though, it is either severe enough to warrant separate states of being or severe enough to cause distress from the amnesia. You can feel like you’re stuck, lost and unresponsive or responsive and free but confused and dizzy. Dissociation can get bad and sometimes will get bad. At points in life, they are absorbed in their own head and come back to see that time has passed or they have been sitting in the same spot for hours.
Pros and Cons of DID
The DID diagnosis can come with therapy and discovery of other mental illnesses commonly formed by trauma. These mental illnesses do not directly mean that DID is a traumatic disorder but it means that the many altered states and possibly the resulting issues cause or have these illnesses. I can assume that certain people we have the fortune of meeting have those comorbid illnesses not because DID caused it but because a headmate/alter needed to have a certain diagnosis at a certain time period, which ended up on the whole systems medical records. the importance of noting this is placing the idea that DID plurality is from an illness, specifically PTSD, and throwing it in the bin to make a better argument. To treat the system as a normal collective of people and see them as separate from each other, having their own allergies, mental issues and identities.
Whether you have the DID/OSDD diagnosis or not, it will change nothing about who the system is. DID is a diagnosis and cannot affect anyone in the way that it causes plurality or distress, because there already has to be that kind of experience in order to fill the criteria. A few notes about the DID diagnosis and the pros and cons will be listed here:
- DID is easy to misdiagnose and sometimes many patients do not get the correct treatment and deal heavy damage to themselves as a result. Con.
- DID has heavy stigma surrounding it, after decades of cases, Hollywood and the media refuses to apologize for the image they paint on systems. Con.
- The average therapist may end up not being able to help you and could lead to abuse of power or lessened mental stability in a system. Con.
- Relief in having the diagnosis for the chance at the right treatment, care and therapy they need to create stress free plurality. Pro.
- A possible community that is specialized in peer support and group care. Pro.
- Gatekeeping in communities can ruin the chance of a system getting help and if severe, many could develop signs of Imposter Syndrome. Con.
There are many more cons than pros for the DID diagnosis but that is because of how we are seen and how systems are not recognized as real in many fields of study. We are continuously left out. Things to remember is that DID is not rare, the people who have it are not dangerous, DID is not traumagenic or endogenic and DID has certain limits on life experiences. The idea of dissociation and alters is still a big misunderstood topic and is often heavily doubted when it comes to studying the issue. Many plurals are treated like trash and the online community does not make it better by following dead science and research stunted by singlets who wish less of us than others.
DID is medical recognition of plurality, not plurality itself.
The community, plural community, must come together to rewrite our lived experiences. We need more peer support, more plural based education and we need to stop the gatekeeping in our community. Our language needs to change from DID system to system with DID because we are systems before we are diagnosed, we have our lived experiences before we are given a medical label. There is but a reason that we should be against other plural people for the difference in skin color, hair, source, ideas and structure. We are people, we are sometimes nonhuman, we are plural and we are here. We should act like it.
We don’t want the DID diagnosis, we just want to be recognized as living people. I know all of us do. The diagnosis has caused many plural people to get medical help and that is important but when a simple diagnosis is tearing apart the community, is debated, is torn to shreds by Hollywood, is lied about and is held like a trump card over any issue- the DID diagnosis is filled with misrepresentation we cannot remove. So we must make something better, use different language and take back what they have stolen from us. We need a better criteria, a better way of getting help and less restrictions on our life. We need therapists that will help us and we need them now. More and more younger kids are getting the diagnosis and they fail to understand what comes with it besides the fact that they now have outside approval of a thing internally in their mind and maybe therapy.
Edith from Mohi
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