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This question is problematic on a few levels.

The phrasing is awkward; I suspect (or rather, hope) that it was asking what sort of different moods or even "modes" you tend to adopt in certain scenarios. Most people change even subtly depending on who they're around. It might have been more sensible to ask it in a better way, providing that my interpretation is correct.

Otherwise, it both perpetuates the trend nowadays that everyone has a mental illness. And it trivializes those who actually do have DID. Every one of us has moods which fluctuate, and sometimes "the shy one" or "the bitchy one" or even the "the masculine/feminine one" comes to the surface. That doesn't mean it's a different personality. We're all complex people, and it's not the case that everyone is one-dimensional, with only one set of attributes permitted to us. You can be happy one day and sad the next; it's human emotion.

And I've seen other ways of ignorance about mental illness manifested in these very comments: "schizo" does not refer to DID. Despite its etymology, schizophrenia is not about "splitting the mind" or "split personality".

This whole question's quite a flop.

Date: 2012-03-09 07:25 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] oneonthefence.livejournal.com
I fully agree, and have asked LJ to remove the question. My MPD/DID isn't a colorful box of crayons - it's the result of a traumatic childhood filled with abuse, rage, neglect, and trauma. It makes light of a serious issue that few people understand, and takes a disability and makes it seem like a "fun" topic. There's a big difference between one person having several different personalities and one person having different FACETS of their own one, singular personality.

Thank you for speaking up about it. Those of us with MPD/DID appreciate it.

Date: 2012-03-09 09:55 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mondengel.livejournal.com
It's definitely one of the disorders that is most misunderstood, I agree, and it was in very poor taste to let the question run like that.

You're very welcome.

Date: 2012-03-09 08:08 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] funnel101.livejournal.com
This is so well-said. Thanks.

Date: 2012-05-12 11:52 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] quirkytizzy.livejournal.com

I came here by way of your comment in today's LJ Secret and wanted to say that I, too, appreciate this post of yours. It's very frustrating to have my disorder minimized like this. DID is not my diagnosis, but it's a serious enough issue when mental illness is portrayed in such a light manner.

This was very well said. Thank you for posting this.

Date: 2012-05-13 06:29 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mondengel.livejournal.com
Hi, thank you for this comment. It's frustrating to see some mental disorders get the light of day and the support that sufferers need, yet others are simply denigrated, trivialized, and pretty much invalidated. So unfair.

So you're very welcome :)


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