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Finding Our Voices is a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs that sponsors an art exhibit each April. The event showcases artistic expressions of survivors of sexual abuse and their allies. Artists are invited to exhibit in the annual April FOV Art Show for Sexual Abuse Awareness Month (SAAM)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Finding Our Voices on DID

The Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Narrative:

What?!?! You've never heard of DID or "The DID Narrative" skit?!?

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a psychiatric diagnosis in which a person displays multiple distinct identities or personalities (known as alter egos, parts, or alters), each with its own pattern of perceiving and interacting with the environment. According to WebMD, "Dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) is a fairly common effect of severe trauma during early childhood, usually extreme, repetitive physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse."

"The DID Narrative" is a skit that was written by an FOV member to help friends, family members, and the psychology community to better understand, in a realistic light, what it is like to be DID based on facts and not fiction. Eleven volunteers are used to perform the skit, each representing a different personality of the Kster System (a system is a cluster of parts or alters that live in one body).
On September 15, 2010, the Finding Our Voices Community Players performed this skit to the workshop for therapists "Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Therapy, Dissociation, and Complex Co-Morbidity" facilitated by Colin A. Ross, MD. An audience member commented, "That was REALLY powerful!".
If your organization or university is interested in the DID Narrative being preformed at one of your functions or classrooms please contact Finding Our Voices at fovartshow@gmail.com. This is an FOV volunteer activity put on by FOV members.

Attached to this post is a video that depicts DID. The video was shared on YouTube, and is not the copyright property of Finding Our Voices. The images may be "triggering" so please use your judgement if you choose to watch it.

Post completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story

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