In Reply to: Re: Upset at Jim LaMattery's post posted by Jim LaMattery on May 22, 2006 at 17:37:05:
DID is an extremely controversial diagnosis, and there is by no means universal agreement among clinical practitioners about it. Research on DID is still coming in and quite inconclusive, so don't be too impressed with the literature until you've read all sides of the debate. You can start at wikipedia.
For someone with a personality disorder, DID is a made-to-order manipulative tactic, because the subject is known to automatically produce a divide-and-conquer dynamic among clinical practitioners. Discussion about DID in either a public or professional forum is likely to generate much heat, but not much light. And that pretty much describes JLM's MO, imo.
"Complex trauma" much better description of the psychiatric condition many SGAs are facing. It's less glamorous and controversial that DID, and the newest research on complex trauma suggests that psychiatry is a long way from finding effective, evidence-based practices to remediate many of the symptoms. At this point, the best we can hope for is to teach better coping skills, provide lots of social support, and offer medication designed to treat anxiety and depression. There is no medication for the dissociative symptoms associated with complex trauma.
There are no instant fixes, and labeling a set of symptoms "DID" doesn't confer power over the condition afflicting so many abuse survivors.