This time around we went for more of an interactive approach and giving the psychology students a way to ask us more questions. This seemed to work and it did go quite well. They got a lot out of the talk and a quick thank you to everyone, both who live and do not live with DID or a dissociative disorder. Your insights in the weeks prior to us attending this event was a far bigger help than some of you may realize. So again, thank you.
We wanted to do a brief write up of some of the questions and our responses to the--what Anger calls-- "Baby Docs." A few of their questions and our responses will be listed here, but we will also have a link to a video we had (attempted) created on some of the additional questions...We are considering doing a mini series from Jynx, not me, on the questions people commonly ask. Where yes, you will be able to ask her your own questions as well.
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Now, onto our transcription of the Living with DID Talks...
"My name is Erika. I live with Dissociative Identity Disorder and it's comorbidities. Yes this is challenging and yes we are beyond anxious today. It has been a particularly difficult night and morning so please bare with us. We were hoping to have slept by now, but unfortunately it's been a few days. This happens from time to time for many varying reasons, but I won't get into all that right now. Several of my parts will be speaking to you today. They'll be discussing what it was like for them trying to find us help--WHICH ALL YOU MOTHER FUC-- "step back please." Sorry, that was Anger and as you can see or rather hear, doctors are some of her least favorite people. This is true for many possibly most, of my parts, but their reasons while similar, will differ a bit. Despite that they believe this is important to do for some of us but for the many people you're likely to encounter and miss. You'll come to know more of the reasons why when Bob begins speaking. Please, please keep in mind that B has severe anxiety and as such she has developed a severe stutter. Be patient with her and as Anger & Jynx have said, "Don't make us be mean to you." They're only sort of joking about this."
At this point after we (not fully me, that was also mostly Jynx which they did not/could not have known) had given that introduction, Bob had begun speaking to them a little about what it was like in my late teens-early 20's trying to find help and live as best we could at that time in my life. "Not easy" doesn't even begin to cover it.
While we spoke they--the baby doctors-- were writing down questions that they had and then we answered at the end and during the talks. Jynx and Anger spoke off and on, Jynx more so and when we did a few of the interactive portions, one of which was a way Bob found to explain coconsciousness, it was found to be very helpful. We were pleased.
Here is a video we did...Yes it was me but I was co-con with Jynx during this video. Which is a bit amusing because of the way her and I speak and some things that she says.
We want to put a Trigger Warning on this video as "that movie" and abuse are briefly discussed as well as the Living with DID talks and therapy. Enjoy, practice self care and be well, friends! <3