In her book ‘Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder’… Elizabeth Howell refers to DID as a ‘disorder of hiddenness’ and comments that according to Richard Kluft ‘only about 6% of those with DID exhibit obvious switching in an ongoing way.’ Wanna hear some real talk? It is unfair to base your perception of dissociative identity disorder on the 6% who just so happen to shout the loudest about it or display their parts the most overtly. In doing this, you are actually misrepresenting DID, not as the ‘disorder of hiddenness’ that it really is. People (including alters) go to great lengths to hide their symptoms mainly out of shame and a lot of other reasons but in reality, these are the ones that are actually consistent with the vast majority, the 94%, the ones who spend years suffering in silence in a broken system that has more often than not failed to help them time and time again.
I can’t help but feel that there are so many people misrepresenting this condition at the moment who are mainly on social media platforms and just so happen to have a lot of followers and subscribers. Whether they realise it or not, they are doing more harm than good and it actually makes me cringe. Dissociating for profit and attention doesn’t sit well with me and that is exactly what it is. There are those that are actually beginning to think having a dissociative identity is cool because of the way it is being portrayed across in the videos these people are putting out there and it makes me so angry. Living with a dissociative disorder is far from cool and not to be desired at all. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. If you truly want to educate yourself about this condition and want to avoid getting swept up into a ‘misleading sybil freak show’ then I suggest you go and look up (PODS) Positive Outcomes For Dissociative Survivors and First Person Plural. They are both charities run by volunteers who give up their own free time which says a lot. You will find the links to these websites on my useful links page which you can access on the menu bar. They provide heaps of genuine information and helpful resources. They deserve as much credit as they can get👍