Dissociative Disorder (DD) is commonly known as multiple personality disorder. Before I start, I want to let you know this is a new diagnosis for me (I was told in April) and it is only mild in my situation.
People with DD usually have different personalities, called ‘Alters’, and they switch between their Alters without really knowing it. An Alter can be human, or an animal. Alters can have different names, personalities, even ages. These Alters help the person in question cope with different situations. For example, if the person in question was in a threatening situation, their ‘Protection’ alter may take over. Each Alter can have different memories that are separate from the other Alters. It is a protection thing, so that the ‘weaker’ alters don’t have to remember the really bad things.
As I mentioned above, my case is really mild. Rather than having Alters, I tend to change fairly quickly. It could be one minute I understand fully what my parents are saying when they are offering advice, and I can be more than willing to accept the advice and implicate it in my life. The next second I could be up on my high horse because what they are saying is wrong and I can do it better on my own. My parents are exhausted trying to keep up and say the right words.
If someone tells you they have multiple personality disorder, your first instinct may be to back away. You might get it confused with schizophrenia. But before you choose to turn around and walk away, please consider this… what happened to them that was SO bad that their mind literally had to crack and fragment to cope with it. And then imagine how you would feel if you were the one that suffered that much and people ran away when you try to open up.
I write with the aim of educating and reducing stigma attached to it. Please help me in my endeavour and share my post. You never know, you could just be sharing it with someone who believes they are alone.