multiple personality disorder

Schizophrenia needs awareness. Dissociative identity disorder needs awareness. Obsessive compulsive disorder needs awareness. Dementia needs awareness. Depersonalization needs awareness. Tourette’s syndrome needs awareness. Kleptomania needs awareness. Bipolar disorder needs awareness. Dermatillomania needs awareness. Trichotillomania needs awareness. Schizoaffective disorder needs awareness. Selective mutism needs awareness. Borderline personality disorder needs awareness. Narcissistic personality disorder needs awareness. There are so many things that need awareness. Don’t preach advocacy for the well known disorders or conditions and then shove everything else to the side. Please, don’t limit your knowledge to just a select few.

What are the odds?

Less than 1% of the world’s population have gender dysphoria

Less than 1% of the world’s population have kleptomania 

Less than 1% of the world’s population have schizophrenia

Less than 1% of the world’s population suffers autism

Less than 2% of the world’s population have multiple-personality disorder

Less than 1% of the world’s population have delusional disorder.

Less than 8% of the world’s population are homosexual-bisexual.

YET, 3 out of 5 people you find in Tumblr have at least one of these conditions(and 1 in those 3 have at least 2).

…Either someone is lying, or Tumblr really is a place for weird people.

The effects of a dissociative disorder may include:

  • gaps in your memory
  • finding yourself in a strange place without knowing how you got there
  • out-of-body experiences
  • loss of feeling in parts of your body
  • distorted views of your body
  • forgetting important personal information
  • being unable to recognise your image in a mirror
  • a sense of detachment from your emotions
  • the impression of watching a movie of yourself
  • feelings of being unreal
  • internal voices and dialogue
  • feeling detached from the world
  • forgetting appointments
  • feeling that a customary environment is unfamiliar
  • a sense that what is happening is unreal
  • forgetting a talent or learned skill
  • a sense that people you know are strangers
  • a perception of objects changing shape, colour or size
  • feeling you don’t know who you are
  • acting like different people, including child-like behaviour
  • being unsure of the boundaries between yourself and others
  • feeling like a stranger to yourself
  • being confused about your sexuality or gender
  • feeling like there are different people inside you
  • referring to yourself as ‘we’
  • being told by others that you have behaved out of character
  • finding items in your possession that you don’t remember buying or receiving
  • writing in different handwriting
  • having knowledge of a subject you don’t recall studying.
Actual Conversation I Had Before
  • Person: Dissociative Identity Disorder is so rare, it's very unlikely, if not nearly impossible that you have it. I don't believe you.
  • Me: The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation states that the prevalence for DID is between 1 and 3% in the human population. Red hair occurs naturally in 1–2% of the human population. By your logic, it is very unlikely, if not nearly impossible that you have ever met or seen a person with ginger hair.
  • Person: ...
  • Me: Yeah. I guessed so.
Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder from a Different Perspective

By: Amelia Joubert

Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder, is a very misunderstood disorder. There is more to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) than just what is seen in movies and books. DID is very complex and can be easily misunderstood. Many people have heard of “multiple personalities” but do not know the causes of it or details about it.

In the vast majority of cases, Dissociative Identity Disorder is caused by severe childhood trauma that is often sexual, but not always. A child basically goes through a trauma that is so bad for them their mind says “this is not happening to me, it is happening to this person”. The child’s mind does not integrate but rather becomes more separate and a new identity, or alter, is created to hold the memory of the trauma so the child doesn’t have to. After an alter is created they live in a world created by the mind known as the inner world.

All alters stay in the inner world unless they are the one that is “out” at the time. When someone is out, or fronting, they have control of the body. Alters can range in age and can be any age, older or younger then the body. Most alters have different names and look different in the inner world. Alters can be a different gender from the body, can have different allergies and some may even need glasses when they are out. It may seem crazy that there can be such big differences, but one must remember the mind wants the person to believe that their trauma did not happen to them.

There are different types of alters. The host is the alter that is out the most and usually has the same name as the body. Many people think of the host as the “real personality”, however all the personalities are real. One way to look at it is: If you have a pizza and cut it into slices there is no one piece of pizza that is more real than any other piece of pizza. This is a simple way to think about alters. Child alters are also known as “littles” and alters that protect the system are called protectors. The “system” is the term used to refer to all the alters. Switching is when one alter takes control of the body. Switching can be caused by several things including a color, a sound and even a smell. These things are called triggers.

Although having alters and a big part of Dissociative Identity Disorder there is more to it. DID is a disorder that comes from trauma and people with it can share many symptoms of someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People with DID are more likely have problems with depression that can lead to self-harm and even suicidal behaviors. They may also have bad night terrors and flashbacks as well as issues with anxiety.

Dissociative Identity Disorder is very complicated and can be hard to understand. This article will hopefully make understanding DID easier for the people who read it. Hopefully it will help to break down the wall of stigmas surrounding not just DID, but all mental health conditions. I hope, really hope, that this article will make others view people with mental disorders more human and real. I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and I am real, my alters are real and my disorder is real, yet it doesn’t define me.



Both as a professional cosmetologist and an individual, I take my personal appearance very seriously. Maybe that’s vain of me, but my personal image is a continues cycle of my evolving personalities. I became aware of this when I was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personalities) a few years ago. Later I identified Elliott & Alexzander as two separate personalities. I identified basic things about them like how old, their gender identity and sexual preference. From there, I was encouraged by my therapist to try and develop a third personality from distinctive attributes of Elliott & Alexzander. She introduced me to Gender Fluidity as a way to identify my gender in a way that suits the needs of both of my personalities. Next the idea was to establish this third identity through something both of my personalities enjoy. The answer was fashion. I began developing a fashion sense that did not conform to societies standard by any means at all. This opened up my eyes to the devastating amount of acceptance and tolerance the world is lacking for social groups other than the white cis gendered male. In a strange mixture of both socially accepted masculine & feminine styles, Elliott Alexzander had cause and came to life.

So basically… Elliott (“Male” Personality) + Alexzander (“Female” Personality) = Elliott Alexzander (“Gender Fluid” Personality)

This was and continues to be the best decision I have ever made.
Before, I struggled with anger management, ADHD & depression. Even my biological clock was tweaked, causing me to undergo hormone therapy because I had yet to reach puberty. But now, things are so much different. My personalities are in sync and so is my life. I have accepted my mind, body and spirit for the way it is, acknowledging my personalities and mediating them through my gender variance. This is why my personal appearance is important to me, because harmony exist with the accompaniment of Elliott Alexzander, and Elliott Alexzander exist through fashion & imagery.

- Elliott Alexzander

Black Denim Vest - Thrift Store
Grey Dress - H&M - The Mall
Gladiator Shoes - Shoe Cult - Online
Gender Variant Wristband - Find it HERE

Here’s a fun idea, let’s stop making DID your fun little twist in your shitty AU’s and TV shows. Let’s stop portraying DID as someone who has one other personality that’s a fucking serial killer.
Let’s stop portraying mentally ill people as criminals by putting a “GASP, IT WAS ME ALL ALONG!?!?” at the end of every damn show.
Because you’re just spreading mental illness stigma, and that makes you a shitty person.

Also, some math...

People who bitch that we’re faking because DID is rare and there are too many of us need to realize that .01 to 1% of the population have DID. That SOUNDS small, but that’s 700,000 to 70,000,000 people.

Seven hundred thousand to seventy million. So the couple hundred to a thousand (seems like fewer than that, but let’s go with this) people with DID on Tumblr don’t even scratch the surface of the people with this “rare” disorder.

Numbers don’t lie.