March 5th is Dissociative Identities Awareness Day,
or DID Awareness Day.
Either way you call it, March 5th is a day that meant to increase awareness of what is officially called Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Of course, we used to use the term Multiple Personality Disorder.
And nowadays, many survivors prefer the term: Dissociative Identities. Leave off the disorder part, thank you very much.
I’ve heard the term Dissociative Identity Gift for awhile now. That at least gives a positive context to what was an amazing ability to survive the unthinkable.
Research has shown that up to 3% of the general population have Dissociative Identities.
Think about that for a second. The world population is currently 7.8 billion people. Three percent of nearly 8 billion people…. Wow. Do the math. That adds up to being a lot of people with DID! Not only “a lot”. That math means millions of people have DID. Millions!
This means that DID is not rare. It’s not unusual. It is true that DID is still misunderstood and not recognized or diagnosed sufficiently, but there are certainly many, many dissociative trauma survivors living in our world today. And hello hello to all of you out there!
No one with DID needs to be left feeling alone anymore.
You are NOT alone with your battles.
There are people who understand.
There are helpful resources for you.
You survived the trauma on your own, yes, of course. You were strong. You were amazing. You were absolutely courageous, even in the midst of the worst possible situations. I think you are awesome for being so creative and incredible. I do understand some of the horrors you’ve survived, I hear your pain, and my heart goes out to you. I am so so deeply sorry you were hurt as badly as you were. I wish that someone — anyone — would have prevented you from going through so much anguish, so much torture, so much heartbreak.
You did not deserve that. It is, and was not right that anyone hurt you. It is, and was not okay that you were left alone or abandoned. It is, and was not okay that you were wounded and betrayed on so many levels. None of that should have happened to you, and it was not your fault. It was not your little ones’ fault. You did nothing to justify the vicious crimes that were forced upon you. You are NOT bad just because someone else was bad TO you.
The fact that you survived all that, means you were more than amazing. You have developed incredible super powers, enormous strength, incredible creativity.
I couldn’t help you then, but I can help you now.
The good news I can offer you now, is that you don’t have to be alone as you go through the healing process. I couldn’t stop the trauma that you survived, but by golly, we can be here to help you NOW. You don’t have to be alone in your pain anymore.
Where can you go for help and support?
There are so many helpful resources and helpful places for dissociative systems to go for comfort, for understanding, for support, for help, for information. A quick Google search will pull up hundreds of different options.
And yes, of course, here at Discussing Dissociation, we have options for you as well. In addition to the 400+ articles of information, the free eBook, “101+ Ways to See DID”, let me list out a few helpful, and specialized resources developed for people with Dissociative Identities found right here at Discussing Dissociation.
Discussing Dissociation Community Forum
Discussing Dissociation Educational Forum
Discussing Dissociation Conference in Phoenix Arizona, Aug 2020
DDCF is our community peer support forum. It’s a fantastic group of dissociative trauma survivors, having very genuine, very real conversations about living multi-faceted lives with lots of inside parts. The privacy features of this forum allows the DDCF members to have honest, and supportive conversations with each other, kept safely away from the public view.
Discussing Dissociation Educational Forum
DDEF is our newest forum addition. Right now, the Educational Forum is available only for members of the Community Forum. The Educational Forum has that emphasis — to teach more about DID, and to answer questions that dissociative survivors have, to share an informed understanding of what happens during the DID treatment process, and to explore how to get past barriers or roadblocks in the treatment process. Both Laura and myself participate in this forum, and we share our years of experience with the DDEF members.
More details about the Phoenix Conference are about to be released, so check this space soon. What are you doing August 28-30, 2020? We will be teaching mental health professionals about the dissociative therapy process and the effects of trauma for one full day. The second full day is a special workshop, specifically designed for dissociative trauma survivors. If you want to learn more about DID, either of both of these days will be a great opportunity for you.
What can you do to advocate for DID Awareness Day?
I encourage every single one of the dissociative folks that I know to do something today, on March 5, to advocate for Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Here are 10 suggestions.
- Do something kind and wonderful for your DID System today.
- Give your system members something to show your appreciation for each of them.
- Pick out your favorite article about DID and forward it through your social media to advocate to the public.
- Write your own thoughts and feelings about DID and send it out.
- Support a friend who is DID. Show them you care. That they matter.
- Tell someone in your local community about DID — teach them what dissociation is.
- Add your thoughts and comments to any Discussing Dissociation article.
- Make a video about DID and share what you know about DID to the world.
- Reach out to the dissociative community by supporting treatment resources.
- Post the Dissociative Identity Disorder Awareness Ribbon!
Appreciate your inside people, be really kind to them, celebrate your AWESOMENESS, and I hope you have a REALLY good day today.
I wish you and your whole system the very, very best in your healing journey.
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