I was a member at a survivor forum where DID was common, and forums were created for people with DID. Unfortunatly it seemed to have encouraged people to say "ooh I have Alters too" and some of the people who claimed to have DID were widely thought to be lying. Whilst the idea was to allow all alters to be able to express themselves, and it was well intentioned, it made for a bad atmosphere as there is little doubt that some of the people claiming DID were at best unconvincing and that caused incredible friction within the DID'd members.
I think a DID forum specifically would be opening a can of worms. DID seems to be an illness plauged by hanger-on's and I don't want to see that encouraged here. Ultimatly the row about if this member was a liar or how fast people can switch blah blah blah tore the group appart.
I think it's a bad idea to have any specific illness having it's own forum as I can think of several illness's widely known to affect survivors strongly... DID, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Depression... the list goes on.
It's a respectful no from me.
I TOTALLY know what you're talking about. A few years back when I was running my own forum for survivors way before I met Vera and came to AS, there was a forum specifically for DID/MPD and I swear I met more fakers than real people who suffered from the mental illness and what hurt the most was that it made it hard for those truly suffering. Not to mention being fooled by so many people, and they do come out and tell the truth, or they get caught in lies and contradictions that make zero sense. So I really understand why you felt the need to write that.
This is by no means saying I don't support people discussing DID, I truly do, I have friends who really have it so I understand what they are going through. But as you stated, having a specific
forum would only open up a can of worms. This is also a topic that can be discussed in the
Psychological Well-being forum.
I honestly think there needs to be more properly researched information on this and I do not support people giving themselves their OWN diagnoses. If anything I think if you're willing to discuss your DID/MPD, you should get a doctor's note stateing that you have this disorder before discussing how you feel because no one should be fooled and a little proof is not a bad idea.
This isn't like survivors who falsly accuse, the statistics for people who falsley accuse are what 1%? The statistics for people who lie about or don't understand that they really don't have DID/MPD are WAY higher. Just thought I'd bring up the reason why I think there should be a diagnoses before discussion because I don't want anyone to think it was a dumb thing to say. It's just my opinion, some of you may disagree...but I come from experience with fakers and it left a pretty bald patch on my heart so I hope you can understand why I feel the way that I feel.
Edited by Haullie, 15 February 2007 - 10:21 PM.