What It's Like To Live With Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

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  • Published on:  Sunday, July 8, 2018
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    According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), It's estimated that 2% of people experience dissociative disorders, with women being more likely than men to be diagnosed. Because of the way Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is portrayed in the media, most people don't understand what the disorder actually entails, or how common it actually is. In this Patient Spotlight video, you'll meet Encina, who sheds light on her experience living with DID. You'll also meet Minnie, the three-year-old girl living inside Encina's body.

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  • MedCircle

     (Dec 1, 2018)

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  • David Pagano

     (4 days ago)

    MedCircle Check out Fern and Audrey from Discovering MErcy

  • DarkWolf76

     (May 6, 2019)

    I'll say this, personally yes it's a very real and very difficult thing to live with. Knowing you can't trust hardly anyone with the secret, knowing how risky it is to tell anyone about it for fear of what may happen to you if you tell the wrong person. It's just easier to hide it keep it from being seen or heard. Because it could land you in a psycho ward locked away for life or drugged out of your sanity every day. Some DID people fair well in life keeping it "under the radar"so to speak. ...

  • Suzuki Nathie

     (Jul 16, 2018)

    Unbelievable what the brain is capable of.

  • DigDeep

     (May 7, 2019)

    That is spirit possession and the black magic, nothing is wrong with the brain. It seems those people like possession.

  • Maddie Hackett

     (May 4, 2019)

    @*Suzuki Nathalie* ikr!!!

  • TattooBaby Xx

     (Mar 19, 2019)

    Devin is the protective mother Encina never had.

  • Sam Hansen

     (Apr 28, 2019)

    I'm seeing a lot of comments about how cute Minnie is, but can we just take a moment to appreciate how well Kyle handles the interview with her despite being totally unprepared? Respect.

  • Itoko Senshu

     (4 days ago)

    I had like a thousand questions that i could spell for a whole day but he just asked boring thing like "how do you explain it to people" and all im so disapointed

  • C'est Taylor

     (May 18, 2019)

    +Sherlocka Holmes Huh?

  • Bless Gillette

     (Mar 10, 2019)

    I’d like to see her brain under MRI during switches...and then compare it to the mri of an “actual” three year old

  • George Robins

     (1 day ago)

    Not Necessarahly Child alters are children. They are developmentally at the same level as children. They’re sort of like time capsules. They split off at whatever age they are and then they just staythat age. They do share an adult brain, yes, but they can’t, for example, give consent. Sometimes they have access to muscle memory though so some child alters can do things like drive. Usually those of us with DID refer to actual children as children on the outside or biological children or what have you...

  • Not Necessarahly

     (1 day ago)

    You dont have to put "actual" in quotations. You do realize that is a fully grown woman and not an actual 3 yr old right

  • rutwik jadhav

     (Mar 26, 2019)

    It just hurt me when I heard the three year old alter say, "lots of fun". Broke my heart. Nobody deserves what this lady had to go through. I wish her peace and happiness. God bless.

  • ThumbsUp

     (2 days ago)

    Carl ,says your a good person. : )

  • Katie Kyle

     (Sep 30, 2018)

    Encina, if you are reading this. You are an expert and you communicate extremely well. You can help others with DID more than any professional. I feel like you are a game changer.

  • Amy McPherson

     (May 16, 2019)

    Linda Ann Stillabower she’s as knowledgeable as a professional and more knowledgeable on the subject of DID than most professionals.

  • Sascha Burns

     (May 6, 2019)

    melaniewut I do not have BPD.

  • Lauren Rantuccio

     (Mar 30, 2019)

    This is the most respectful and prepared interviewer I’ve ever seen. He keeps an open mind and asks very good questions. I learned a lot about DID and see it as a beautiful but difficult thing and not just a “coping mechanism” that needs to be deprogrammed. Thank you for this interview.

  • Orla Browne

     (Mar 31, 2019)

    That's what I was thinking, she's so good at explaining things and he's so respectful and actually lets her answer

  • iTroysGhost

     (Mar 16, 2019)

    "Don't remember the majority of my life until I was 6" Shit, should I?

  • Chopperman

     (1 day ago)

    Ikr, I have very few memories as a child.

  • ThumbsUp

     (2 days ago)

    I can not remember anything from grade 5,so I guess I would have been 11.

  • Alicia Wistrand

     (Feb 13, 2019)

    I think she explained DID so very well. I understand it so much more now.

  • George Robins

     (Apr 6, 2019)

    Alicia Wistrand If you want to learn more I highly recommend the channels DissociaDID, MultiplicityAndMe, and The Entropy System. All three have DID and make great educational videos! In particular DissociaDID's series called Debunking DID is a really good place to start

  • Virtuousdezi

     (Mar 26, 2019)

    Hello! I'm glad MedCircle is at least trying to get information out, however, you cannot understand DID from this one interview, her contribution is appreciative but in no way definitive. I'm an LCSW and have been working with the mentally ill for 13 years. During the interview she made some contradictions which is expected as she herself knows only what she experiences, not how to explain or understand her disorder.