DID terms: I am not a label!

I am not my diagnosis. I am not a label

I am not my diagnosis. I am not a label

The last post about the terms ANP and EP generated a lot of heated debate, especially on our Facebook page, about the use of the terms ANP and EP to describe different kinds of roles within someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder (or as some people would rather say – within their DID system).

The replies that came back reminded me of the power and importance of our individuality, and the fact that nobody can be truly described because we are all unique.  A diagnostic label or terms can at the most only describe a few aspects or characteristics, and should not be anyone’s whole identity.

So why do some people find labels helpful to them?

Here are a few ideas:

  • A diagnosis means that you aren’t alone in the symptoms that you have, other people can understand what sometimes does not seems understandable, a sense of “this makes sense now”
  • it gives a simpler way of describing what can feel very confusing and overwhelming internally, understanding something can take away the fear of the unknown
  • having a recognized diagnosis means that there are treatment options – they might not always be ideal, or available, but you can find out what they are and use the terms to find out about other people’s experiences. If others have healed and recovered, so can you.
  • Self-acceptance.  How many people have suffered from trauma symptoms and tried to carry on life “as normal”, expecting themselves to be totally unaffected by the traumatic past? Accepting that it has changed you in some way can make things easier by helping recognize and remove some of the self-blame that often comes with PTSD and dissociative disorders. That does not mean the change is permanent, only that it is a reason to be kinder to yourself or to acknowledge that right now everyday things can be difficult.
  • The need to fit in? Could a sense of not having a label or a group to fit into bring a sense of fear, or danger? Why is that? Could it link back to particular abuse of some kind, perhaps “standing out” from the crowd meant further abuse? By recognizing that, and that it’s no longer necessary, could you be more willing to be an individual? And to sometimes stand out?

The importance of being unique

This clip from the TV series “The Prisoner” shows one man’s resistance to being labelled, and his strength in fighting and resisting.

More on the show is here but be aware of the overall spy/questioning and mind control theme – the many attempts to manipulate and confuse the main character’s mind.

I am not a label – the campaign

The title of this blog entry was inspired by a campaign by 100reasonstorecover.com

I am a human
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