My brain is also damaged. Recovering from a rape or sexual assault is an ongoing experience. How could I know differently? The list goes on. I learned after beginning therapy, that I could not become pregnant due to damage done to my cervix and ovaries from the sexual abuse. We are a family, my alters and I, and we honor and love life.
Paula watched and spoke with me for almost three months before she announced that she believed it was safe to say I lived with dissociative identity disorder. I asked her how she came to that decision, and she told me how she had noticed that I often mentally left her office, leaving my body either blank or with another alter in control. My advice to anyone who has learned they have a dissociative disorder, especially one as severe as DID, is to fight, fight, fight! Sex-related trauma can and frequently does occur in non-violent and consensual sexual experiences. We are a family, my alters and I, and we honor and love life. The damage done to my body, brain and mind was extensive. There are also several other physical problems that are believed to be linked to the abuse, such as breast cancer and stroke, which I have so far survived. However, I am determined to not only overcome as many of them as I can, but to thrive. The road less taken is hard and long, but the rewards are enormous! My mind was severely affected, in that I live not only with over 72 other alter ego states, but also with severe recurrent depression, and an anxiety disorder. Over time, my mind splintered off those memories which my alter ego states held, so that the central person, Shirley, could carry on with life and not go insane. I finally decided I must have a bad memory, yes that explained it. Shirley This content contains explicit and sensitive information that may not be suitable for all ages. My name is Shirley, I am 57 years old, and I live with a condition known as dissociative identity disorder DID, once known as multiple personality disorder. For best results, allocate the remainder of this day for recovery time. Without going into too much technical lingo, I can explain DID as a coping mechanism that my young mind adopted to escape the overwhelming fear and anguish caused by my abusers. My brain is also damaged. Dissociative Identity Disorder Guest Author: Together we practice transformative tools to sever the bonds from subconscious cycling through PTSD. These parts of my own personality took on lives of their own Simply put, to get away from the things that were being perpetrated against my body, I would go elsewhere in my mind. It is the only revenge I can gain against the people who harmed me. You are supported and cared for. How could I know differently? That was my normal. Workshops are held every weeks. My body is a wreck. Proper self-care and good sleep are recommended.
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