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The Reality of DID…Make a Difference in South Africa!

June 25, 2010

There are many countries in the world where DID is not acknowledged. Those who have it are either misdiagnosed, told they have demons (depending upon who they turn to for help)…or they are vilified as making things up…playacting for attention. I don’t know which of these things is the most harmful…or the most hurtful. They are all bad…wrong.

There is a LOT of evidence…concrete evidence…for DID aka Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly called MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder). The reality of the disorder and the reality of the symptoms is very evident. Yet, there are places…like South Africa…where they persist in denying its existence.

Regarding the demons…can there be a spiritual side to DID? Yes…most definitely…especially when the abusers use spirituality as an element of their abuse. You see this especially with RA (Ritual Abuse) and SRA (Satanic Ritual Abuse). Can a person have demons? Yes. I know this for fact. HOWEVER…demons are NOT the cause of DID! They may be a factor in the system…they may influence…but demons are NOT alters. I knew a leader in a Christian congregation whose wife worked with multiples as a therapist. He used to tell me there is a saying. It goes something like this: too many times pastors are trying to exorcise alters while therapists are trying to work with or integrate demons. All aspects need to be looked at to see what fits and what does not.

Then there is the play acting for attention. I think, of all the possibilities, that this one is the most ridiculous I have ever heard of. The kind of attention multiples tend to get when they are switching is NOT positive! In fact, it can be downright embarrassing and humiliating.  I know so many who have been treated so badly by those who did not understand DID. They were judged and rejected when they most needed love and understanding.

What is worse is when someone tries to explain what is going on and the others refuse to believe. It does not matter whether it is someone in ministry, a therapist, an insurance company or just a neighbor or friend who witnesses the switching. When they refuse to accept the reality of DID, they do the person having it a huge disservice.

Oftentimes, education is the key. Many don’t know simply because they have not heard. Or…having heard…they think of Hollywood images like The Three Faces of Eve or some other rather “extreme” case. There are many “flavors” of DID and people need to have a way to learn about them.

So…how can YOU help? There is a blog that has been started by multiplegifted. She is trying to help bring the reality of the existence of DID to South Africa. I figure she can tell you best what she is looking for. Here is the link:

DID – change the law…together we can!

Please check it out and help…if you can.

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6 comments

  1. The Reality of DID?Make a Difference in South Africa! « A ……

    I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…


    • I hope it helps spread the word about the reality of DID. Thank you!


  2. I understand the battle you find yourself in. Even where I am in the US, there is huge tolerance to DID and huge intolerance at the same time.

    But there have always been detractors and there always will be. This really isn’t specific to DID. Though DID is probably one of the most controversial.

    I wrote about this a while ago, from perhaps different perspective:

    http://www.mindparts.org/2010/01/is-dissociative-identity-disor.html


    • I remember that post, Paul! Thank you for putting the link here. I am sure multiplegifted will see it when she comes by here.

      Here in the U.S., while there are therapists who deny its existence…you can at least find some who accept it. You can also find insurance companies who will pay for treatment.

      Apparently, it isn’t like that in South Africa. I have online friends in other countries who are up against the same thing. They really want help, but find themselves in an uphill battle just to get their Dx acknowledged.

      Hopefully, things will change everywhere.


  3. Millions of Americans suffer from a misdiagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness. Thank God I live in the United States of America. I feel sorry for the individuals who have a mental illness such as dissociative identity disorder and live in countries that don’t recognize that DID exists. Silver Hill Hospital adolescent psychiatric treatment
    has clinicians trained in evaluation, diagnosis
    and treatment and provides hope for people who may not have been getting the right care.


    • Yes…we are very blessed to live here! I have not heard of Silver Hill Hospital. Do they acknowledge and treat DID?



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