Resources

“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

DID Research

Resources

 

Disclaimer: The inclusion of any resource here does not indicate the author's endorsement of the resource nor of its contents. The author cannot guarantee positive, safe, or healthy experiences with the forums listed.

 

 

Informational

  • PODS: General and specific articles and information for those with DID, their supporters, clinicians, and the general public
  • Sidran: Information for the general public, for survivors and their loved ones, and for professionals
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D): Information for the general public, for survivors and their loved ones, and for professionals. Also offers training and conferences and has a resource for finding therapists
  • European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD): Online database for a variety of topics associated with trauma, dissociation, and treatment
  • Trauma Information Pages: Academic articles regarding trauma and dissociation from a variety of authors
  • Jim Hopper: Contains information about and serves as a database for child abuse, sexual abuse of males, and recovered memories
  • Discussing Dissociation: The blog of a therapist who treats DID. Very friendly and accepting tone, discusses a large range of relevant issues, accepts input from survivors

 

Informational And Forum

  • First Person Plural: Personal stories, advice, general information, questions, and answers as well as games, puzzles, jokes, and poems through the newsletter archives. Offers private forum access with paid membership
  • Mosaic Minds: Informational links on various topics in the "Reading Room." Contains a forum with both publically visible and hidden sections, moderate in size
  • Healthy Place: Contains general articles, videos, and conference transcripts about DID as well as articles by three different authors who have or had DID. The overall site contains a mental health forum with a variety of different sections. Public, moderate size
  • Dissociative Initiative: Provides very positive and optimistic yet helpful and informative information on a variety of topics related to dissociation and multiplicity. Does not have a forum but does have a Facebook group

 

Forums

  • iSurvive: Has some resources but mostly functions as a forum for survivors. Has specific subforums for survivors of different types of abuse, male survivors, and survivors with dissociative disorders or PTSD. Relatively strict rules. Some public sections, moderate size
  • Psych Forums: Overall health forum with a specific section for those with DID, curious about DID, or supporting someone with DID. Relatively active and large, but public and has high member turnover
  • Coping with Dissociative Identity Disorder: Meant for both individuals with DID and their supporters. Contains subsections for different ages and needs. Moderate size but fairly active, public
  • Ivory Gardens: Has information but mostly functions as a forum for survivors. Large and active forum with many specific subsections. However, there have been some reports of paranoia from the admin that have lead to random banning of members as well as slander aimed at skeptics of DID
  • Fort Refuge: Has some information but mostly functions as a forum and chat for survivors. Because it's not solely meant for those with DID, those with DID might find it a little limiting or overly strict on how it allows alters to express themselves. It's a large and very active forum with many specific subforums including ones for RA and male survivors
  • Pandora's Project/Aquarium: Has resources and a forum but is aimed at general survivors and not those with DID. Relatively large and active forum with specific subforums for survivors of different types of abuse, male survivors, and survivors with PTSD, but only allows the host of DID systems to post

 

Literature

  • "When Rabbit Howls" by Truddi Chase and the Troops. Written by a system that remained a system until their death and so respects alters as individuals. However, it can be extremely triggering and at points blurs inside and outside realities
  • "A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder" by Robert B Oxnam. Written by a system that chose to integrate partially but not completely. Avoids giving details about trauma and includes discussion of alter relationships and an inner world
  • "First Person Plural: My Life As a Multiple" by Cameron West. Written by West on behalf of a system that partially but not fully integrated. Not overly triggering and explores the relationships between the alters and addresses the impact of West's diagnosis and strugle to accept it on his family and career
  • "The 3 Faces of Eve" by Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley; "The Final Face of Eve," "I'm Eve," and "Mind of My Own" by Chris Costner Sizemore. The first is written about "Eve" by her therapists while the others are all written by different alters of Eve as they struggled to have the full truth known
  • "All of Me: How I Learned to Live with the Many Personalities Sharing My Body" by Kim Noble. Autobiographical
  • "The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder" by Olga Trujillo. Autobiographical
  • "Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder" by Herschel Walker. Autobiographical
  • "The Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality" by Joan Frances Casey. Autobiographical
  • "Becoming One: A Story of Triumph Over Dissociative Identity Disorder" by Sarah E. Olson. Autobiographical. Addresses both the trauma that created the author's DID and her journey in healing
  • "Amongst Ourselves: A Self-Help Guide to Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder" by Tracy Alderman and Karen Marshell. Written by a survivor with DID who is also a therapist and by a social worker. A self help/workbook, most helpful for those new to their diagnosis
  • "Got Parts? An Insider's Guide to Managing Life Successfully with Dissociative Identity Disorder" by ATW. Written by a survivor, her therapist, and her support group. Self help oriented, most helpful for those new to their diagnosis
  • "Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists" by Suzette Boon, Kathy Steele, and Onno van der Hart. Covers PTSD, OSDD, and DID. Serves as a workbook
  • "The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook" by Deborah Haddock. Contains lots of information and some resources and advice
  • "Silver Boat" and "The Silver Boat II : The Journey" by Ann Adams. Addresses trauma and DID in the fashion of a children's book. May be helpful for littles. Pro-integration
  • "Multiple Personality Disorder from the Inside Out" by W Giller. Published by the Sidran Institution and includes contributions from individuals with DID and their supporters
  • "The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization" by Onno van der Hart, Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis, and Kathy Steele. Informational with a focus on the theory of structural dissociation
  • "Dissociation and the Dissociative Disorders: DSM-V and Beyond" by Paul F. Dell and John A. O'Neil. Informational with a focus on relatively current understandings and research regarding dissociation
  • "Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach" by Elizabeth F. Howell. Informational with a focus on DID and its treatment
  • "The Stranger in the Mirror: Dissociation--the Hidden Epidemic" by Marlene Steinberg and Maxine Schnall. Informational, about dissociation as normal reactions to stress and as symptoms of dissociative disorders, focuses on DID and addresses case studies
  • "Sybil" by Flora Rheta Schreiber may be best paired with "Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case" by Debbie Nathan. "Sybil" is supposedly an autobiography of a woman with DID while "Sybil Exposed" supposedly debunks Sybil as a fraud/woman manipulated by her therapist. As the issue is highly polarized, one should form their own opinion on the truth.

 

Personal Blogs Addressing DID or DDNOS/OSDD

  • The Sum of My Parts: Contains articles by an attorney and advocate for survivors who's been diagnosed by DID. Written by the author of "The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder"
  • Living Successfully with Dissociative Identity Disorder: In-depth posts about daily life with DID
  • Bipolar DID: The personal blog of a child abuse survivor with bipolar disorder and DID; focuses on the disorders and after effects of abuse
  • The Road to Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder and Me!: Personal posts of varying length about daily life with DID
  • Life as a Committee: Personal and informal-informational posts about life with DID
  • Holding My Childhood to Ransom: Personal posts about daily life, multiplicity, and trauma by a system who doesn't consider it beneficial to refer to their system as disordered
  • Being Emily Living Plural: Personal posts by Emily and some of her alters regarding DID, surviving trauma, and foster care. Some information available from the top bar
  • Blogging Astrid: A blog about autism, activism, PTSD, and DID (though her diagnosis was changed to BPD and she suspects OSDD-1 might be more accurate than DID). Posts relevant to DID/OSDD-1 can also be found at her old blog here
  • Donna Williams: A blog about Autism, art, child abuse, DID, cancer, ehlers danlos syndrome, and human rights
  • Vwoop Vwoop: A system blog about daily life with DID, alter relationships, and internal worlds

 

Youtube Channels of Individuals with DID

  • Multiplicity and Me: One video of a presentation about DID, another of a documentary, both featuring or including the system
  • Donna Williams: Videos about alters, gender identity, integration, and other such topics
  • Carol Anne: Vlogs by various alters about therapy, self advocacy, and daily life
  • Tomi Jameson: Vlogs by various alters about a variety of topics related to daily life, DID, trauma, and healing
  • Friday's System: Videos about DID with a focus on educating the general public

 

Organizations and Hospitals Working with Individuals with Dissociative Disorders

 

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