Patient Comments: Dissociative Identity Disorder - Symptoms

Question:What were the symptoms of your dissociative identity disorder?

Comment from: Dual, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

The symptoms of my dissociative identity disorder consisted of losing memory and hearing the voice of an alter in my head. When switching, my alter takes full control of my body, my mind, and my possessions and at times, my alter would hide them. Therefore, I suffered memory loss and the possessions I could no longer find.

Comment from: share, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I am finding through so much torture and overwhelming feelings, emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual, intellectual, etc. I think I am finding that many of the parts thought I was the bad person and were so desperately trying to destroy me. I am at the beginning stages of barely finding who is safe and who isn't. It is so exhausting, when someone whom I deem as safe is with me I feel stronger. It is hard to hang on and I desperately need treatment, probably in a hospital. One hour a week is too vulnerable for me.

Comment from: Unique, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

My symptoms of dissociative identity disorder were not recognizing myself in the mirror, depression, mood swings, anxiety, headaches, and suicidal tendencies.

Comment from: all4ofus, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I found that the loss of time, and finding myself in places that I had no idea how I got there has been the most difficult for me. Clothes in my closet that is too small for my body. Totally a passivea-aggressive behavior within myself, and others noticing a slight difference in my speech and actions.

Comment from: psychomom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

The symptoms of my identity disorder were memory loss, ie. I couldn't remember events, how I got somewhere, how I got certain possessions, how I knew certain people, etc. I could hear voices in my head. I was accused of lying quite a bit about where I was or who I was with or how much money I spent, etc., but honestly I had absolutely no clue why I was being accused of these things. People would talk to me like they knew me and I'd have no clue who they were, sometimes I would feel like I was outside myself, time lapse and memory lapse. My alter also cut herself.

Comment from: lindabooten, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

Awakening in hotel with no memory of how I got there, where I was, or what I had done. People talking to me like they know me but calling me by another name, and I have NO idea who they are. Finding things in my possession which don't belong to me with no idea where they came from. I also have 5 different styles of clothing. I have found myself looking into a mirror without being able to recognize myself. I have also cut on myself frequently throughout my life as a coping mechanism.

Comment from: 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

My symptoms of dissociative identity disorder where hearing voices that I was able to hear and talk back to, but no one else could. I always had this feeling that someone was in my head. I would have what I called "black time," where I would black out and then wake up minutes or hours or sometimes even days later and not have known what had happened or what I had done.

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