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

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

  • Sidran: Information on trauma and dissociation 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 extensive information about child abuse, sexual abuse of males, and recovered memories, among other topics
  • PODS/Carolyn Spring: General and specific articles and information for those with DID/OSDD, their supporters, clinicians, and the general public
  • Discussing Dissociation: The blog of a therapist who treats DID/OSDD. Very friendly and accepting tone, discusses a large range of relevant issues, accepts input from survivors
  • Beauty After Bruises: Information on complex PTSD and posttraumatic dissociative disorders. Also helps survivors to locate treatment and offers treatment grants to survivors in the United States
  • The CTAD Clinic: The YouTube channel of the Complex Trauma and Dissociation Clinic, managed by Dr. Mike Lloyd. Regularly uploads informational videos on topics ranging from DID/OSDD to therapy processes


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 publicly visible and hidden sections, moderate in size
  • Healthy Place: Contains general articles, videos, and conference transcripts about DID/OSDD 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/OSDD, curious about DID/OSDD, or supporting someone with DID/OSDD. Relatively active and large, but public and has high member turnover
  • Coping with Dissociative Identity Disorder: Meant for both individuals with DID/OSDD and their supporters. Contains subsections for different ages and needs. Moderate size but fairly active, public
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder Support: Meant for both individuals with DID/OSDD and their supporters. Contains subsections for different ages and needs. Relatively small and quiet
  • 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 led to random banning of members as well as slander aimed at skeptics of DID/OSDD
  • 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/OSDD, those with DID/OSDD 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 for religious abuse and male survivors
  • Pandora's Project/Aquarium: Has resources and a forum but is aimed at general survivors and not those with DID/OSDD. 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/OSDD systems to post


Literature: Autobiographical


Literature: Informational and Self-Help


Personal Blogs


YouTube Channels and Podcasts

  • 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
  • Multiplicity and Me: A mix of personal and informational videos, including videos aimed to provide help to those with DID/OSDD and videos meant to raise public awareness
  • System Speak: A series of audio-only content about Emma's healing journey, DID/OSDD, and information from professional guests. Also has a blog with frequent guest posts and a community


Organizations, Hospitals, and Finding Therapists


Other

  • Many Voices: Art and personal stories of survivors, book reviews, and a subscription-based newsletter
  • Kim Noble: The art collections of Kim Noble and her alters
  • Loving My DID Girls: The blog of a husband to a DID system. Addresses his role in helping his wife to heal from DID as well as topics such as DID and attachment, inner worlds, and relationships between alters