wanderlust-in-perspective asked: Thank you so much! That was so informative and actually answered like half the questions I was going to ask anyways xD I guess the only other question I could think of right now would be to ask you to define terminology so I can better understand (I think I know but I'm not sure). Like what exactly is "splitting" and the other things like "co-inhabiting"? :)
We’re glad our previous post helped!
We made a page on our blog DID Terms that details all of the common terminology used in the DID community. Hopefully you find it just as informative as our last. :)
DID: development and treatment
We decided to make an ask we received into a post since it’s so long. It’s written by Kaitlyn but all of us agree with what she wrote, hopefully it’s helpful. :)
There are many different beliefs and theories on the development of DID and how it works. This is my personal view that I formed by: doing my own research; speaking with other DID systems; and seeing a specialist in DID who has been treating it for over 30 years.
Personalities in general develop by the generation of neurons which attach to form synapses.Typically these neurons come together to form a unified personality. However, when a person experiences trauma, especially repetitive trauma, the neurons develop differently. In the case of DID, it causes the parts of the personality to remain separate. This is why I do not believe in a core (aka original) personality or in the concept of “splitting”.
Each part of the personality develops at it’s own rate and in it’s own way. Individualism, in everyone, is the result of reactions/behaviors from a variety of experiences. This was shown by a study of mice that has been correlated to humans (Bergland, 2013).
It shows that, even if people are in the same environment with the same genes, their behaviors (or reactions) will still differ. Over time, this results in individualism because the different activity levels cause differences in the formation of new neurons in the hippocampus (the region that supports learning and memory). It also revealed that people who are more active and therefore have more experiences will have a greater amount of new neurons than others who are more passive.
I believe this is the reason that people with DID can have such diversity in alters and inner worlds. Everyone has different parts of their personality, inner voices, and inner worlds. However, for the average person these aspects of themselves are very muted in comparison to those with DID. Most likely, due to the increase in neuronal pathways and synapses, people with DID have very intricate, individualized and enhanced minds.
Neurons are how the brain processes information, therefore more neurons allow the brain to send and receive more signals and messages. When a person endures any type of trauma the brain attempts to protect itself. In regards to DID, multiple parts are capable of storing their own memories, thoughts, opinions, and ideas.
These parts can become incredibly individualized, they can interact with each other in the inner world or with people in the outer world. There is so much diversity in a DID system and between different systems as well that it is difficult to ascertain a set way that they work.
This is why treatment can become so difficult and requires someone who has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the disorder. Not much is known about the specifics of how DID develops and therefore it can’t be treated with medication. This is why the symptoms or additional mental illnesses may be treated with medication instead, which often includes, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Treatment of DID can have two different goals, integration or co-existence. The choice is up to the DID system, which can become difficult since parts may disagree. Whichever the decision though, the process is relatively the same, the therapist will work with the system individually and as a whole.
In order to help the system as a whole, the therapist will work toward awareness, communication, and cooperation among parts. Individually, the therapist will help the parts through their personal struggles. This is why DID patients are often in therapy for most of the their lives. Treating one person can take years, now there are at least three other people to treat as well.
DID systems are complex and unique, keep in mind that others view it differently than we do and there is a lot of controversy surrounding it. Also, there are different ways to describe and/or label the experiences. If you have any questions, whether it’s about the post or about something unrelated, feel free to ask us!
Best wishes everyone!
My ex asked me, “can’t you just put all of the alters that don’t want to be exclusive in a realm where they aren’t aware of the outside world? So they don’t know what they’re missing?”
I told my best friend how I can’t believe he said such a horrible thing. Taking away people’s awareness is wrong.
She told me, “They aren’t people Kaitlyn, I know you feel like they are, but they’re not. You need to remember that.”
I’m trying not to let their words hurt me. I’m trying not to doubt that we’re real people. But I feel like it’s slowly eating away at my resolve.
I thought they understood, I’ve never been so wrong.
Mental Health Advice Blog
If you need a place to vent or receive advice check out mental-health-advice.tumblr.com. They have also have a great variety of resources, as well as a live chat!
Check them out if you’re looking for well thought out responses and support.
“I’m afraid the social-community pressure to appear learned has become more important than actually learning.”
—I thought it was just me by Brene Brown
I’ve seen some background noise pages around tumblr like rainymood, but I don’t think I’ve really seen this page recommended on tumblr.
The plus of this page is without a doubt the huge list of sound machines that you can open in several tabs and mix as you like, ranging from natural sounds like rain and waves to industrial noises to relaxing tunes like in utero. It’s suitable as background noise for work as well as for relaxing and sleep.
Someone find one with buzzing bee sounds and i will be happy forever okay
Great, I have thin walls I’m going to crank this up during sexy time.
The Good Vibe
The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals in their shelters.
It takes less than a minute (only about 15 seconds actually) to go to their site and click on the purple box titled, ‘Click Here to Give - it’s FREE!’. Every click gives about .6 bowls of food to sheltered dogs. You can also click daily!
Keep in mind that this does not cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. [via.]
Go to the website HERE.
It’s just a click… takes about 1 or 2 seconds.
there’s no pop-up ads or anything on the site
just click it once and you’re done
if all of my followers click, it’s more than a few thousand meals so.. please?