“As an undergraduate student in psychology, I was taught that multiple personalities were a very rare and bizarre disorder. That is all that I was taught on ... It soon became apparent that what I had been taught was simply not true. Not only was I meeting people with multiplicity; these individuals entering my life were normal human beings with much to offer. They were simply people who had endured more than their share of pain in this life and were struggling to make sense of it.”
― Deborah Bray Haddock, The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook
Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder, is a disorder that is poorly understood and represented by the media and general public. Though a wealth of evidence supports that the disorder is traumagenic and results from repeated childhood trauma, DID is frequently portrayed as the result of fantasy, the need to repress socially unacceptable desires, a single moderately traumatic childhood experience, or adult trauma. Though DID is in no way related to schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, the media consistently confuses these conditions. Focus is always aimed at the most unique aspect of dissociative identity disorder, the numerous alternate personalities that it results in, but attention is rarely ever given to symptoms of derealization and depersonalization, to co-morbid posttraumatic stress disorder or depression, or to the intense feelings of denial, shame, betrayal, and isolation that are so common among survivors. Time loss is a well known symptom of DID, but passive influence and co-consciousness are not. Doubt in the disorder is treated like a personal position on the validity of a myth instead of an ignorant opinion that emphasizes the need for current research to be examined and understood. Dissociative identity disorder is surrounded by myths, pseudo-science, pop psychology, and blatantly inaccurate assumptions. It is time for this to change.
This site aims to correct these myths, assumptions, and "facts" twisted beyond recognition. It aims to present accurate, current, and easily understandable information regarding dissociative identity disorder, other dissociative conditions, and trauma and trauma's effects. A secondary aim of this website is to promote connecting dissociative trauma survivors to research studies in order to contribute to scientific progress on these subjects.
Image transcript: Text in front of puzzle pieces. The text reads: "Dissociating feels like building a jig-saw puzzle and you're missing a piece. It bothers you that the picture will never be complete despite how hard you try to look at it. The best thing to do is focus on how beautiful that incomplete picture can be." The text is attributed to Alpha.