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Re: In Memory

Posted by on May 21, 2006 at 23:31:31

In Reply to: Re: In Memory posted by To Jim on May 21, 2006 at 22:09:01:

I understand your concern. From the stories that were told at the memorial, David had been struggling for quite some time. The original poster on this subject mentioned Ricky's memorial as possibly having triggered David's relapse. This is a real possibility, particularily if David suffered from DID. I don't know that he did, but I know the probability is very high.
If David was indeed an acute case of DID then I suggest that a proper diagnosis early on would have gone a long way to helping this young man make it through these latest struggles in his life. Again, to reiterate, a person suffering from the disorder can hold onto suicide as a viable option for the stress and trauma that they suffer. In fact, it is not unnatural for them to do so. Those professionals who treat the disorder attempt to get the patient to replace the option of suicide with something else.
David was suffering deeply for the last year of his life- according to those who were the closest to him and lived with him. I can't help but wonder if those closest to him understood the complexity of his childhood and the potential for truama that he may have suffered. They may not have known that David was a prime candidate for dissociative disorder. If a sufferer of DID is diagnosised properly and early enough, the possibility exists that success can be had through appropriate "trauma work."
As to your comment about SG's and parents making amends- this is absolutely important and I would never hinder such a process.