Day 8: What age were you diagnosed at? At what age do you think your symptoms began? (You can make a timeline)
I was diagnosed with MPD or Mulitiple Personality Disorder renamed DID or Dissociative Identity Disorder, I think, in 1996 when I was 34 years old. My memory about that time is blurry. My therapist at the time was starting a Dissociation group and she asked if I wanted to be a part of it. I said yes, because I had this barely conscious feeling I should check it out.
My symptoms began before kindergarten. I dissociated when I was abused and Dissociation helped me to be able to live with people who wanted to destroy me.
Life was terrible when I went through puberty. I experienced a lot of amnesia. I knew something was happening, but had no idea what is was. I just thought I was crazy. At the same time, I knew one day, I would figure out what was going on.
I did. It’s been a long and very painful process and as you can see, I’m still here.