The Significant Other’s Guide to Dissociative Identity Disorder

Significant Others Guide to Dissociative Identity Disorder compiled by Jeff Vineburg, whose partner has DID. It explains his understanding of DID and covers the key points partners want to know. While it’s not based on academic research and it’s quite dated it remains very useful to many people – not many resources for partners exist. Here’s a few words from it:

Never underestimate the alters. And never NEVER lie to or break a promise to an alter. You have to have an atmosphere of trust and communication. Remember – they were abused and lied to in the first place. You have to be someone they can trust.

If you want to address a certain alter, Miss Manners suggests that you only address the alter who’s out at time. If you want to speak to a different one, ask the out personality to send a message, if that’s possible. If there’s danger, ask for the appropriate part.

Topics include:

  • Inactivity -being nonfunctional
  • Insurance – the Evil Empire
  • Support – online and otherwise
  • Where is my SO?
  • Relations (wink wink, nudge nudge)
  • Hospitalizations and Suicide Attempts
  • Alters and Alter Logic
  • Contact with Abusers
  • We Don’t BELIEVE in MPD
  • How Can We Fix This, docs, medicines
  • What Your Partner Wants You to Know

Read more….

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