My name is Christine. My friend's name is Sissy and she and I live a different life because of circumstances beyond our control. We are both part of a whole. We have been diagnosed with something called
MPD that stands for Multiple Personality Disorder. It is also called DID which stands for
Disassociative Identity Disorder. Let me give you the definitions for DID and we will get that
out of the way.
Dissociative Identity Disorder
(Formerly called Multiple Personality Disorder)
Dissociative Identity Disorder is the existence within a person of two or more distinct
personalities or personality states, each of which may be experienced as if it has a distinct
personal history, self-image, and identity, including a separate name. At least two of these
identities or personality states recurrently take control of the person's behavior. It is also
essential to the diagnosis that the person be unable to recall important personal information to
an extent that cannot be explained by ordinary forgetfulness. The different personalities are
sometimes called "alters".
Dissociative Identity Disorder is thought to result from severe and prolonged emotional trauma,
physical abuse or sexual abuse during childhood.
The course is variable and often prolonged. This disorder almost always begins in childhood,
although it may not become apparent to others or to the patient until a later age. The disorder
may be less troublesome past the late forties, but may reemerge during episodes of stress or
trauma or with substance abuse. This disorder is far more common in women than in men. The
degree of impairment ranges from mild to severe, and complications may include suicide
attempts, self-mutilation, violence, or substance abuse. There has been no systematic study of
long-term outcome in this disorder.
Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder often consists of individual therapy, structure
(scheduling one's time so that there are no long periods of unplanned time), medications for
specific mood or anxiety symptoms, education about the illness, social skills training, learning
more effective communication and coping skills, and group support. Inpatient or day
hospitalization may be necessary when symptoms make the person a danger to self or others.
Ways to recover and stay well include:
Know your triggers for dissociation, e.g. environmental stimuli (e.g. noises, specific people
or situations, certain places), emotional stimuli (e.g. conflict, overstimulation, anger).
Learn coping techniques to deal with your triggers such as relaxation exercises, focusing,
reality testing, mindfulness, distress tolerance, self-hypnosis, and/or emotional
Find a therapist experienced in dissociative disorders and work collaboratively with that
Use specific management techniques for different alters to ensure safety.
Sleep adequately. Avoid fatigue.
Eat a well balanced diet.
Avoid alcohol and drugs.
Exercise regularly and vigorously.
Structure your time. Make a daily written schedule for yourself.
Dealing with Relapse
Relapse is most likely to occur in situations that trigger an emotional connection to the
childhood abuse or trauma. Examples include contact with the childhood abuser, having one's
own child reach the age at which the patient was abused, resumption of sexual activity, or
involvement in an abusive relationship. If you notice symptoms returning, call your therapist and
reduce stress as much as possible for the time being.
WOW!! Aren't you impressed? Does anyone understand what that really says? We do, and we wish that others did also. We are multiples and we like it.
The one thing that definition didn't talk about was the fact that people with MPD are very very intelligent. If we weren't, instead of developing MPD we would have gone crazy.
Boy I can hear you now, saying "these two are crazy as a loon." Maybe so, but we are functional and happy.
What Sissy and I and all of our alters hope to do is to make people realize that we just think a little different then they do.
As Sissy's teenage alter, Terri would say... oh dear, Sorry Terri, I can't use that kind of language on the web.
The easiest way I know of how to divide this site up so that you can really find out the things we want you to know, is to have two links off this first page. The one will be for Sissy's Group and The other will be for Serena's Group.
So to go to Sissy's Organization Page Click on this button:
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