Hi DID Survivor!
I have an exciting bit of news for you today.
Some of you may have already noticed in the comments threads on the Discussing Dissociation Facebook Page that there are several different television productions about DID being written, filmed, produced at this point in time.
That’s fantastic news! Hopefully, these shows and documentaries will help teach and demonstrate more honest and realistic views about Dissociative Identity Disorder than some of the previous Hollywood productions have done. People out there need to know and understand what DID is, what it looks like, how it feels, and how to help.
I absolutely believe that it is important that we as a community supporting DID and Dissociative Disorders actively advocate for accurate portrayals about DID in the media.
It’s really good to fight back against some of those painful stereotypes, negative stigmas, and bad movies, right?!!
Besides, the more DID is understood, the more opportunities there are for creating effective treatment options, and hopefully, to help prevent the causes that create severe DID in the first place.
So yeah — let’s get more of the truth said about DID. I’m all for that.
What’s even more exciting, is that one of our very own readers here at Discussing Dissociation is actively involved in one of these new and upcoming television productions. Yep, someone who participates here has the opportunity to represent what it’s like to be DID on TV.
Yep, someone we know here could be representing YOU on TV.
So…. we have a direct connection into this process.
YOU can have an some input on what happens. YOU can help !
Now, I’m not the film producer, and I’m not in control of the production — so you know… I don’t have much say about that. But here’s how you can help.
The person in our readership here has asked for your feedback as filming for her begins soon. She given me a list of questions, and would truly value hearing your opinion.
How do you want her to represent YOU?
How do you want her to represent DID?
I’m adding in this next bit.
Will you help support her as she gets ready to go out there as one of our DID spokespersons?!
An important piece to remember is that we as a community need to support and protect our DID community member who has the courage to face the world with all the layers of her dissociative realities. This is HUGE! You know the amount of system cooperation this requires. You know about the “no talk” rules that have to be broken. You know about family secrets and organizational secrets that could potentially be exposed by going public on a national television show. You know how the media can make a mess out of anything. This is a massive leap of faith that our Reader is taking.
She is so awesome and so brave for doing this!
And, she’s dedicated to her own healing, her own freedom, her own safety, and she’s strong enough to speak openly about that. She’s also dedicated to teaching about DID and to breaking down the negative stigmas. She wants the dissociative community to be represented as positively and accurately as possible.
She is willing to do what she can to help, and wow — I think that is just fantastic.
It’s a big ask — a giant big huge ask — and she’s not in control of the final edits either, but she is certainly going to do her very best to represent DID with excellence, honesty, and integrity.
We all know how the media can be vicious, and internet trolls can be vile, so gather around, bring your most generous kindness with you, find your strongest system protectors, and let’s make this site a safe and well-protected environment for one of our own.
Let’s all rally around her, and give her the very very best community support possible. What she is doing takes a LOT of courage.
Please respond in the COMMENTS below with your thoughts and feelings.
You may certainly keep your name private and anonymous, and your email will not be visible. I am happy to help remove any kind of identifying information. Let me know, via your comment, if I need to assist with this in any way.
YOUR opinion matters here. We want DID to be portrayed as accurately as possible. Please, send in your thoughts and opinions to the following questions.
If you had the chance to tell a lot of people something very important about DID, what would it be?
When DID was previously portrayed on television, movies, YouTube, or websites, what did you NOT like about what you saw? What offended you? What was NOT helpful?
With this new opportunity to show DID on TV, what would you like to see done differently?
If you had the chance, would you go public to the world as DID via television and the media? Why or why not?
What system preparation have you done prior to a really big event? Please describe what you did and how you helped your system to get ready for something that could potentially affect everyone in your system.
Tell me more about what you think about switching. Some folks are incredibly visual in their switching with voice changes and obvious differences. Other system switches are more subtle, with small indications in body movement. Should switching be hidden? Or should switching be emphasized? Should this be discussed publicly? Why or why not?
Your thoughts, comments, support, and warm wishes are highly appreciated. Let’s work on this together!
I wish you the best in your healing journey.
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