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Faking DID?

SoggySlippers

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I have done a lot of reading,have browsed many forums(not talking about this place though) and it is hard for me to believe there are truly as many people with DID that claim they have it.

Something I have noticed is the vast amount of people that make it seem/sound like DID is a fun or cool disorder to have,even turn it into a contest over who has the most insiders.

But this isn't a post with the intention of criticising or judging anyone(although it probably sounds like I am).I am just curious WHY anyone would fake it or even brag about it.

It is so obvious sometimes when someone is faking for attention,but WHY would they do that?
 
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Was hoping to get at least one reply here,but that's okay.
 
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That is really interesting. I am guessing a lot more people do have it than would be guessed, since people might try to hide it. It is interesting that there seems to be a contest-like environment about it on some forums.
 
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Hi SoggySlippers. I don't know how much I can "enlighten" you or change your opinion at all. I was diagnosed with having this disorder about 6 months ago. I must admit I was relieved to finally feel as though I wasn't just strange, aloof and different for no apparent reason. I have spent most of my life trying to imitate other people in order to socialise and figure out what is socially acceptable. I often feel as though I have one foot in another realm and just my toes in reality. I know what reality is but often don't feel connected to it at all. I often look in the mirror and the reflection I see feels as though it could be anyone, I just don't feel connected as you should when looking at your own reflection. It doesn't feel like me. It is the most difficult feeling to describe and verbalise. I don't think any words I write could assist very much in helping you experience or imagine the odd feeling of this. It is as though something else has taken over - almost like the feeling you dare to imagine when watching "Body Snatchers" or some other similar film. It is just weird without being completely terrifying for me.
I can only speak personally about my own experiences. I have been this way for as long as I can remember and have been OK with it until a few years ago when I experienced a nervous breakdown and my symptoms became overwhelming. Seeing things, beings. Feeling as though I am actually dead and walking in another realm - usually feeling this is purgatory or limbo. Having to have family members remind me that I am actually alive and well and expected to go here or there at certain times. I can honestly say there were times I felt some sense of relief that perhaps I was dead. I really believed, at some points, that I was dead, that I had choked and was gone and lingering amongst the living. I had no connection with myself of reality. I had one episode where I thought my arms were dead and should be cut off. They felt dead and gone - I couldn't feel them. I have had experiences where I have seen the devil, had dead people sit on my bed over and over and tell me things. Terrible shit that I would not wish on anyone at all. I have felt like I have had many, many out-of-body experiences. I used to believe in that - because I had so many strange experiences like that. I used to read people tarot cards because I thought I could astral travel and read people's fortune because it was the only way I could comprehend it all. When you do not know who you are really and am not even sure if you are alive or in this dimension then you should probably speak to a psychiatrist because it is not all just bullshit. It is awful and sometimes takes years to diagnose because it is extremely difficult to verbalise the symptoms to other people - you just know that might lock you up. Please try to imagine this and try to understand how horrible it is to feel so disconnected from yourself. How can you ever really know yourself when you feel so disconnected. I would give anything to be grounded like other people.
I hope this helps.
 
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Hi veggiegirl3. Not sure about other forums as this is my first. I don't understand why anyone would wish to have been diagnosed with any mental illness let alone be the worst at it! LOL - talk about crazy - Sorry - LOL. I certainly wish I did not have anything at all to whinge about but hey, I just wanted to see if anyone else had similar experiences to me and hope there might some out there just as stuffed up as me! OR even more so - I would like that!
 
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True DID is very rare, I think that people do self diagnose and it does get reflected on the internet. Or a person can be misdiagnosed as well depending who they go to. Many cases of dissassociation and depersonalization can be misinterpreted. I agree why would anyone want to fake something like this. I can see wishing you were someone different or people pretending to be something they aren't attractive to some I suppose, but for those with the real live severe mental health conditions. It can be a living hell? Those that fake would never understand this.

I get mad when people minimalize PTSD myself, Oh I have a little PTSD, I went through something traumatic so I must have it. Ugg. If they only knew how devestating true PTSD is they would never want it let alone admitt that they have it so readily.

I did meet one lady with true DID once in my 20's during a psych admission. No one told me she had it but by the third day there it was very evident. She was in her mid 50's and would switch at least 4 times a day. The changes were trully astonishing to see. I asked her how long she had been in when her prominent was out and she said going over a year that time. I saw at least 8 different alters and spoke with them all. None of them had any idea about the others or acknowledged them. They all smoked though, she always came out when I was out. She liked me a lot. I was only in for a week that admission and never saw her again after that.

One nurse told me they had seen 13 of her alters. Male female, all ages, different voices and accents in their voices from different countries, entirely different attire and personal grooming with hair and makeup and such. different personality styles, I always wondered what happened to her. I am guessing she may have ended up in a longterm care facility because at that time period this is what most likely would of happened to her.
 
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Really???

I don't really know what to say to your post there. I think that you have made a major misdiagnose yourself with your friend - In my opinion that is NOT depersonalisation disorder at all - we do NOT have multiple personalities??? Where did that come from???? Your friend has multiple personalities or something???



True DID is very rare, I think that people do self diagnose and it does get reflected on the internet. Or a person can be misdiagnosed as well depending who they go to. Many cases of dissassociation and depersonalization can be misinterpreted. I agree why would anyone want to fake something like this. I can see wishing you were someone different or people pretending to be something they aren't attractive to some I suppose, but for those with the real live severe mental health conditions. It can be a living hell? Those that fake would never understand this.

I get mad when people minimalize PTSD myself, Oh I have a little PTSD, I went through something traumatic so I must have it. Ugg. If they only knew how devestating true PTSD is they would never want it let alone admitt that they have it so readily.

I did meet one lady with true DID once in my 20's during a psych admission. No one told me she had it but by the third day there it was very evident. She was in her mid 50's and would switch at least 4 times a day. The changes were trully astonishing to see. I asked her how long she had been in when her prominent was out and she said going over a year that time. I saw at least 8 different alters and spoke with them all. None of them had any idea about the others or acknowledged them. They all smoked though, she always came out when I was out. She liked me a lot. I was only in for a week that admission and never saw her again after that.

One nurse told me they had seen 13 of her alters. Male female, all ages, different voices and accents in their voices from different countries, entirely different attire and personal grooming with hair and makeup and such. different personality styles, I always wondered what happened to her. I am guessing she may have ended up in a longterm care facility because at that time period this is what most likely would of happened to her.
 
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I don't really know what to say to your post there. I think that you have made a major misdiagnose yourself with your friend - In my opinion that is NOT depersonalisation disorder at all - we do NOT have multiple personalities??? Where did that come from???? Your friend has multiple personalities or something???
The forum is not only about Depersonalisation it is all about DID aka Dissociation, Depersonalisation and Derealisation.

In the OP the poster says DID not one specific kind so Gajolene answered about DID. Here is more information about the three D's in DID.
 
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I don't really know what to say to your post there. I think that you have made a major misdiagnose yourself with your friend - In my opinion that is NOT depersonalisation disorder at all - we do NOT have multiple personalities??? Where did that come from???? Your friend has multiple personalities or something???
Maybe you've misunderstood? DID - Dissociative Identity Disorder...
Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder): Signs, Symptoms, Treatment
 
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Do you know what - it is no wonder there is little activity on these forums with people posting about multiple personality disorders and the like along with DPD. NOT the same thing. People with DPD are always aware of reality but may not be able to associate or be involved with it. Different from some.
 
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No one is saying DID and DPD are the same thing. The op clearly states she is talking about DID and doesn't mention any other disorder.

If you have an issue with DID being included in the Dissociation, Depersonalisation and Derealisation section of the forum perhaps you should start a thread about it in here. http://www.mentalhealthforum.net/forum/forum138.html
 
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Do you know what - it is no wonder there is little activity on these forums with people posting about multiple personality disorders and the like along with DPD. NOT the same thing. People with DPD are always aware of reality but may not be able to associate or be involved with it. Different from some.
That's great, but the OP is talking about faking DID, not DPD.
 
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Thanks for all the replies here,although I am a little confused with some of them.

Yes,I was talking about DID(AKA multiple personality disorder) specifically.

I guess I started this thread because I do find alot of fakers online and I have found it very dusturbing.As someone who has recovered from this disorder and no longer have the diagnosis I can honestly say it is not something anyone would wish to have and I think the ones who fake it make it harder for those that truly do have it to be taken seriously.

Someone said something about PTSD in this thread,and without going back and finding it and trying to quote,I have been around many who have self diagnosed themselves with it over the slightest things,like a relationship break up.Today someone told me they think they have it because they get anxiety.I tried to explain the criteria needed for the dx,but they didnt want to hear it so I dropped the subject.They seem to want the dx,for whatever reasons,and I was thinking to myself PTSD is NOT something you would want to have,I wish it was as simple as getting occassional anxiety!!
 
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