Featured Advocate: Autumn from Raising Awareness for Dissociative Identity Disorder and DID Support 2/10

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deldidAutumn:  I’m an advocate because I am an alter of someone with DID. I’m trying to raise awareness for Dissociative Identity Disorder and get people to understand it’s a real disorder and not what is shown so much on TV and movies.

Raising Awareness for Dissociative Identity Disorder:  Raising awareness to show people who have DID (or any other mental illness) that they aren’t alone, nor are their loved ones. ♥ Dissociative Identity Disorder is a mental illness characterised by the presence of two or more separate entities living inside one body that recurrently take control of the person’s behaviour, feelings and actions. Despite various research studies and the fact that DID is listed in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder), there are many psychiatrists and mental health professionals who still do not believe in the diagnosis. Speaking from experience, the illness is REAL.

On average, many people spend 7 years in the mental health system before being correctly diagnosed with DID, often having various misdiagnoses beforehand, e.g. schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, mood disorders, PTSD and eating disorders. To make things even more complicated, people with DID often have several diagnosable co-morbid conditions and can also have dual diagnosis (mental illness/illnesses combined with a drug/alcohol problem).

People with DID have often been through various treatment programmes, tried various medications, and spent many occasions being admitted to various psychiatric hospitals making little to no actual progress. We want to raise awareness of this disorder and to campaign to get this disorder recognised more widely within the mental health system so that people can get the treatment needed.

DID is not curable, but it is manageable and can be treated; with long-term therapy and medication to target specific symptoms.

Our mission is to campaign to make this disorder more widely known and to make psychiatrists accept that the diagnosis is a severe and sometimes debilitating mental illness and needs to be treated, just like any other mental illness. We also want to help those with other mental illnesses, as most are often comorbid with DID such as PTSD, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders etc. You’re not alone. We’re fighting the stigma. We can change the world, one footstep at a time.  Blog

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