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Prompt Outline for the Dissociative Identity Movement

~~~Month Outline for the Dissociative Identity Movement~~~


Week #1~ How does a dissociative identity develop?

March 1st Prompt: What are “personality” & “consciousness”? How do they develop? How does consciousness affect personality? How does the development of consciousness affect each individual’s experience of life?

  • early childhood development

  • personality types

  • how someone develops a new habit

  • subconscious neuropathways

March 2nd Prompt: What is dissociation?

  • personality types

  • how someone develops a new habit

  • subconscious neuropathways

March 3rd Prompt: What are the similarities & differences between mental disorders & neurodevelopmental disorders? Why is DID a neurodevelopmental disorder rather than a mental illness?

  • mental disorders can begin at any point in someone's life while neurodevelopmental disorders can only begin during the developmental years of early childhood

  • mental disorders can be effectively treated with medication whereas neurodevelopmental disorders cannot

  • {I'm still looking for my original notes on this one...}

March 4th Prompt: How & why does a dissociative identity develop?

  • the brain's adaptive coping mechanism

  • early childhood trauma in some form

  • trauma-related parts develop in the right hemisphere to protect the going on with normal life self/part in the left brain hemisphere

  • ritual abuse {RA survivors}

March 5th Prompt: How does the development of a dissociative identity affect the autonomic nervous system? How does this affect the individual’s experience of life moving forward?

  • trauma survivors suffer from a chronically dysregulated autonomic nervous system

  • the submit part is related with the parasympathetic nervous system while the fight/flight/freeze parts are related with the sympathetic nervous system

  • discuss internal & external signs of recognizing a dysregulated nervous system

March 6th Prompt: How do parts of consciousness continue to support the consciousness as a whole?

  • alter roles

  • job of parts

March 7th Prompt: Why are self-harm, suicidal ideations, substance abuse & addiction, & eating-disordered common in individuals living with structural dissociation? How do these unhealthy coping mechanisms effectively regulate a dysregulated autonomic nervous system?

  • to regulate the dysregulated nervous system

  • See Janina Fisher's 2017 book

March 8th Prompt: What is the diagnostic criteria for DID? What diagnostic tools can help lead to an accurate diagnosis? Optional: What are pros & cons of receiving a diagnosis {is it required to heal}?

  • See DSM-V criteria

  • Structural Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D) is the most accurate & formal diagnostic tool

  • Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) is a less reliable self-reporting tool {according to Janina Fisher, page 151}

  • Trauma Symptom Inventory is more reliable self-reporting tool

March 9th Prompt: What are other common symptoms of DID {not included in the diagnostic criteria}?

  • chronic migraines {headaches & body pains can be communication from parts}

  • derealization

  • depersonalization

March 10th Prompt: What is dissociative amnesia?

March 11th-14th Prompt: What is age regression?

  • loss of brain balance

  • conceptual perception regresses

What is the difference between psychosis & dissociation {& between schizophrenia & DID}?

March 15th Prompt: How do other structural dissociation diagnoses compare & contrast with DID?

  • borderline personality disorder (BPD)

  • complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD)

  • depersonalization/derealization disorder (DP/DR)

  • otherwise specified dissociative disorders (OSDD)

March 16th-17th Prompt: What day to day difficulties arise when living with structural dissociation or a dissociative identity? #TheGiftOfSanity

  • The inability to enjoy silence because the brain is always loud.

March 18th-21th Prompt: What treatment options are available? {Description + pros & cons.}

  • CBT

  • DBT

  • EMDR

  • ECT

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

March 21st-22nd Prompt: What is Janina Fisher’s multi-conscious parts approach & why is it a more effective model for trauma treatment?

March 23rd-25th Prompt: How can you build a Coping Tricks Toolbox filled with coping resources & grounding techniques? {Explain “trick."}

March 26th-27th Prompt: How can someone with structural dissociation communicate with their subconscious parts? {Explain subconsciousness communication with a few recommendations.}

March 28th Prompt: What are some “warning signs” that could potentially help family or friends recognize symptoms of structural dissociation in their loved one?

March 29th Prompt: How can loved ones {close friends, family, romantic partner} & the community {more general, like co-workers & employers & teachers} support those living with structural dissociation or a dissociative identity?

March 30th-31st Prompt: What beautiful wonders do multi-conscious minds have to offer this world? Mosaic Mind Pride Day(s).