Personal blogs about living with dissociative disorders

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of dissociative disorders. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.

Find out more about dissociative disorders from Mind.

Attitudes towards dissociation have left me feeling isolated and uncomfortable

Hazel, October 8, 2020

‘Mental health for all’ is a topic that I have a lot to say about, both as an individual who’s passionate about every person being aware of their own mental health, and also as someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) who resides in a body with a number of other identities/alters.

Dissociation doesn't mean I'm rude or antisocial

Jennie, September 20, 2019

I have used dissociation as a way to cope when I feel I can’t, due to previous trauma and abuse as a child. I first did this as a way of protecting my mind. To me, this feels like I’m in a bubble and I can’t quite touch and connect with the real world. Everything feels a little bit hazy; I can look into someone’s eyes and yet feel like I’m looking far into the distance.

Everyone can help people with DID feel accepted

, February 22, 2017

I have dissociative identity disorder. I have seven other parts, and often find myself struggling to explain to people why my presentation is variable through age, ability and capacity – to name a few areas. There is so much assumed about having multiple parts. I am often referred to as having a “split personality” and people never really gauge what dissociative identity disorder IS.