Dissociative Identity Disorder
How dissociative are you?
Do you know what it is?
Does dissociation feel familiar to you?
Have you ever floated above yourself?
Have you ever felt like more than one person?
Have you ever separated from your body?
Do you wonder if you have a dissociative disorder?
Do you wonder if you are more dissociative than average?
Learning about dissociation, being dissociative, and how to work effectively with your DID system requires ongoing effort, study, and exploration. There are many necessary elements to creating your own effective healing path and therapy journey — this is not a simple task! DID is complex. While there is an abundance of information available in the world today, it is also crucial to learn genuinely effective and helpful ways of managing your dissociative issues. Following misinformation or a misguided path could cause harm, and waste years of time.
In addition to the 400+ articles of information written here at Discussing Dissociation, we have added or created a number of different resources that will be helpful for you and your inside system, or for you and your therapist. The information gathered here has been created by a clinical therapist who has specialized in working with DID for over 30 years, via listening to hundreds of different multiple systems. We have learned what helps, and what doesn’t!
Check out the following educational options available for you, your supportive loved ones, and/or your therapist. And remember, more resources are being created for you on a regular basis.
1. Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES), with scoring guidelines
2. Free eBook, “101+ Ways to See DID — Dissociative Identity Disorder Described”
3. Educational videos about DID
4. Phone, Video, or Email Consultation options
5. Our DID Community Forum: DDCF for dissociative survivors
6. DDEF — the Educational Forum, with Kathy and Laura’s active participation
EDUCATIONAL OPTION 1
You can take a simple 28-question self-reporting questionnaire to get a sense of how dissociative you are. It will take about 10-15 minutes to read through the questions.
The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) was developed by Eve Bernstein Carlson, Ph.D. and Frank W. Putnam, M.D. It’s available for free for dissociative folks, and we’ve happily added this resource for you and your therapist to find easily.
Answer each question, selecting how often that experience happens to you. Pick any number between 0 and 100. Of course, 0 represents none of the time, and 100 represents all of the time.
There is no right or wrong answer – it is more about the reality of how often these experiences happen for you. Try to be as accurate and honest with yourself as possible.
To score the DES, add up the individual scores of each of the 28 questions to get a total score. Divide this total score by 28 to get the average score.
Read about Scoring the DES.
- When you were answering these questions, what were you thinking? What were you feeling?
- Are you worried about being highly dissociative?
- Are you upset about being dissociative?
- Are you relieved to finally find something that explains how life is for you?
EDUCATIONAL OPTION 2
Another option for answering the question, “How dissociative are you?” is to have a good look at the free eBook, 101+ Ways to See DID — Dissociative Identity Disorder Described.
While this eBook is not an official diagnostic tool, I guarantee that the more of the 101+ Ways that you experience in your life, the more dissociative you are. As you look through the list of potential signs and symptoms of DID, how many do you experience in your life?
How many of the 101+ Ways to See DID describe you and your life experiences?
EDUCATIONAL OPTION 3
To learn more about Dissociative Identity Disorder, watch these short, educational videos:
The Discussing Dissociation videos have been created by Kathy to teach about Dissociative Identity Disorder and to talk about relevant issues for DID survivors. These videos are free, of course. New videos are added from time-to-time so be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the channel to stay up to date.
EDUCATIONAL OPTION 4
If you are still wondering about your own experiences of dissociation, you have the option to discuss your personal individual situation in a DID Consultation, either by phone, or by email. Both Kathy and Laura have many years of clinical experience, and are extremely familiar with DID, dissociation, and trauma dynamics. If having an individual conversation would be most beneficial for you, select your preferred consultation option.
EDUCATIONAL OPTION 5
Do you live a life with many different parts?
Are you confused? Learning? Alone?
Do you need more people to talk to about being DID?
Our Community is a wonderful, friendly, and supportive group.
This DID Forum is available 24/7.
This Forum is managed by a team of professionals.
If you have not yet joined in, and if our Forum Community sounds like a place where you wanna be, YOU are invited to join our DDCF Community, even now. Who else understands living with DID better than other folks with DID?!
DDCF is open, available all day and night, everyday. It’s safe, it’s protected, it’s private.
Our friendly members chat comfortably with each other. They talk openly about life as a dissociative survivor, how to manage as a dissociative spouse, how to be a dissociative parent, how to manage the hard days — all areas of life! They share good times, funny jokes, stressful events, therapy gains, and even therapeutic struggles. And all of this is said openly by dissociative people with DID systems.
And yes, inside parts are invited to talk!
How could you benefit from this group?
What would you contribute as a DDCF Community Forum Member?
EDUCATIONAL OPTION 6
The Discussing Dissociation EDUCATIONAL Forum (DDEF) is also open and available. Our Educational Forum is a separate forum membership. The unique difference for DDEF is that both Kathy and Laura participate in the forum discussions. Kathy and Laura ask and answer questions, write responses, provide tips and guidelines about DID in a private forum setting.
Getting personalised responses from DID experts, or reading responses written about a variety of dissociative issues that you experience yourself can be amazingly helpful.
The conversations in DDEF are in-depth, specifically DID treatment oriented, focused on specific DID issues, and target very detailed situations that arise for dissociative survivors. This is the most economical way to get specialized assistance from 2 DID experts.
Contact us for more information about how to join DDEF.
EDUCATIONAL OPTION 7
The Saddest Little Bear Dissoci-ACTION Story Pack is available.
This Dissoci-ACTION Story Pack in a specialized educational resource about DID that you can work on in the privacy of your own home, or for mental health professionals to use in their office with their dissociative clients.
- Now that you know you are DID, do you know what to do?
- Are you new to working with your DID system ?
- Do you have any sad little ones in your system ?
- Do you have any lost ones in your system ?
- Do you know how to reach your insiders ?
- Or how to find your insiders ?
- Do you know what to do with those little ones once you find them or feel their presence ?
When you are first diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), you may feel overwhelmed and utterly confused and at a loss about how to manage a system of inside people.
These first weeks and months of recognizing your internal system can feel chaotic, frightening, embarrassing, noisy, and frankly, far too huge of a problem to address, let alone solve. It can feel like a great big headache!
This Dissoci-ACTION story pack is designed to teach you action steps. You can learn what to do as you begin to meet your dissociative parts.
Click HERE to learn more.
CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED EDUCATIONAL OPTION
How about all that? That’s a lot of stuff!
Which options are best for you?
I hope any — or all — of these options help you to figure out more about how dissociative you are.
I am confident that these resources will genuinely help you to learn more about dissociation and how to work effectively with your DID system, or with your dissociative clients.
If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Client Care team for further guidance.
I wish you the best in your healing journey.
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