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Thanks for welcoming “insiders”, I have DID and find this very interesting! I am fascinated by animal responses to trauma, and how many prey animals regularly experience trauma but do not stay traumatized.
I don’t know of many people with DID who speak about it publicly, so I wanted to share my “It Gets Better” video, in which I and some parts of myself speak openly about our DID within that context.
Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker
Where do I begin?? As a professional clinical mental health counselor I spent 8 months on disability with disabling panic, agoraphobia, depression. Dissociation and the Dissociative Disorders book opened my eyes to the self’s elusive survival imperative. I realized that the scary, terrifying symptoms were trying to tell me a story. I wrestled with autonomic forces to activate curiosity instead of caution (a damned recycling but otherwise natural survival trigger). As I strengthened and discipline curiosity (a kind of ERP therapy) the dissociated elements began to reveal themselves. It’s still a journey. I conceptualize it as my ANS attempting to take over to enhance survival because something deeper needs to stimulate crisis to keep thought stimulated (to exist). What happens if thought has no crisis to focus upon? Do I cease to exist?? Aha!! Let’s see…nope. Still here.
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