‘The D in Dissociation' http://just-call-me-frank.blogspot.com/2011/08/d-in-did-dissociation.html and also ‘Personality vs. Dissociative Disorders’:
[Or alternatively Google it, but always consider the sources of what you are reading, as with anything on the internet. We like to stick with professional and government agencies overall.]
While psychotherapy may cause temporary anxiety and stress while a person learns about the condition and the coping skills required to manage positive and negative feeling, moods, thoughts and behaviours, it is a form of treatment that carries very few risks.
People with Dissociative Identity Disorder are able to lead relatively "normal" and "healthy" lives. The ability to hide themselves well from both society and themselves is the primary function of the brain to form dissociated identities, a protective barrier between the core and alter personalities to cope, bear the pain and hide the memories of abuse, and "save" the core, and alternative personalities.
Our therapeutic measures have extended a lifetime, always resulting in incorrect diagnoses and over-medication. As it is difficult to both find, and afford, a therapist who we can talk to regarding dissociation, we have chosen more of a self-help route after years of individual psychotherapy involving coping and learning how to manage parts of our life.
In addition, we have managed to work, albeit sometimes dangerously, through much of our mapping, and collective memory retrieval this last year, on our own (we do not recommend this).
We are sure at some point we can benefit through some talk therapy…but many of us really hate talking, and most of us really love writing, so we have chosen creative therapy to heal, such as music (mostly listening, we are not musically inclined), art and writing. We no longer take medications (a year and a half medication free), nor do we desire to. We prefer to deal with our bouts of depression and anxiety in other ways…sometimes that means not leaving the house for awhile. We’re fine with that.
Personality Specific Terms