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Split personality - August 18th 2009, 10:45 PM

Can you knowingly have one(them)?
I know with Dissociative identity disorder a person typically doesn't know about it... but uuuggghhh, let me try and explain this.

I'm tiffany, I'm shy, I'm sweet, I'm quite, ect.
But there is like a whole other person inside of me
Lauren, she's exciting, she's fun, she's always happy and makes people happy.

As Tiffany, I can't make myself act anything like Lauren. It's like were two different people. But I know she's me.

So can you knowingly have a split personality? I'd ask my therapist, but the one I was seeing retired and I don't know when the new one will be here.


And in the free-fall
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that I'm better off
when I hit the bottom

The times you don't wanna wake up
'Cause in your sleep it's never over when you give up
The sun is always gonna rise up
You need to get up, gotta keep your head up
Look at the people all around you
The way you feel is something everybody goes through
Dark out, but you still gotta lie up
You need to wake up, gotta keep your face up
   
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Re: Split personality - August 20th 2009, 06:51 AM

With DID, a person generally knows that they have it. Not all patients with DID can have co-consciousness (able to "see" what the alter is doing) but they're able to figure out that something is wrong and people around them can perhaps help them piece it together.

You can knowingly have a split-personality or DID. It could be a case of DID where it wouldn't be true DID yet (as the diagnostic criteria specifies two or more alters) but in time it may indeed be.

Then again, it could also be schizophrenia, where Lauren is a hallucination and you end up behaving quite differently when she is around.
   
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Re: Split personality - August 21st 2009, 10:57 AM

If you're normally quite shy or quiet and this has been going on since childhood then to cope with adolescense and dealing with other people and socialising, you can create a whole other side to yourself to manage it.
Naming the personality can be comforting because they can back you up if you went to a party for instance or a job interview.



you could explain how you feel to your new therapist and hopefully they might be able to explore all the possibilities with you

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Re: Split personality - August 23rd 2009, 02:13 PM

I'm not sure if this will help any, but I had a friend who confessed a year ago to me that she had been in therapy due to a similar sounding problem. I can't remember the name of it right now, but she had this problem where her early childhood was much better than her teenage life and she longed to return to it, so when things would get difficult, she would knowingly resort back to her child self, and she would start colouring and stuff with crayons and she would do other child-like things such as watching old disney movies and she'd even consume foods she enjoyed as a child.

While she was aware of this all happening it didn't end up being split personality it was something different that was able to be treated but she's still in therapy for it, but its gotten much better.

I've heard of other cases like hers but the only thing they have in common is that a stressful or depressing event has caused the other personality to appear. Again, I'm not sure if this helps but it might be useful to know that if they're the same thing you could be treated.


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Re: Split personality - August 25th 2009, 04:14 AM

It's not really like I'm resorting back to old behaviors, I've always been sort of the calm, shy, and laid-back one. But this other side of me is complete opposite. And I don't know how to act like 'her' willingly.

And this isn't the first time I've acted out of character. I don't remember an entire year of my life, and my friends say that I was mean and hurtful and turned to drugs. But like I said, I don't remember this.

I know that during that time I was really depressed. And I'm now recovering from another depressive episode. So I'm sure it's related, but I guess it's more comforting for me to be able to put a name on it rather than saying, "something's wrong and I don't know what it is."


And in the free-fall
I will realize
that I'm better off
when I hit the bottom

The times you don't wanna wake up
'Cause in your sleep it's never over when you give up
The sun is always gonna rise up
You need to get up, gotta keep your head up
Look at the people all around you
The way you feel is something everybody goes through
Dark out, but you still gotta lie up
You need to wake up, gotta keep your face up
   
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