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Ivory Garden Trauma & Dissociation Community

Ivory Garden Dissociative Identity Disorder Group
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Ivory Garden Trauma & Dissociation Community


To provide a unique environment where folks who have dissociative identity disorder (DID) can openly and safely talk. We strive to respect, validate, support, and learn from each other.


Achieving our goal requires cooperative collaboration amongst members and administrators. Members posts remain appropriate and relevant to topics. Adequate guidelines are clearly posted to help members maintain the dignity of the board. Members of this group are at a stage in their healing to independently regulate their own behavior, as well as keeping themselves safe while on the board. Staff regularly monitors posts and replies to ensure the board remains a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. As a friendly and kind community, we support and validate each other as equally special and significant.

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Welcome to Trauma and Dissociation Community

We have recently returned from the 2014 Ivory Garden Trauma and Dissociation Conference.
Our community has grown and improved. We apologize to those of you who have been waiting patiently to join this community.
Please, 'register' with our community by clicking that button and following through the prompts.
Then, come back to our board and click 'apply' in the menu and complete the form.
You will see that we are asking a small donation from everyone who would like to contribute and be a part of the community.
This is to help us finance the activities that we provide.

If you have come here and found that you are unable to log in, but are registered to this board,
you will need to go to our sidebar and make a donation (any amount is fine) in order to reestablish your membership. Please note your username in paypal. With this change you will return with access
to the entire board, and with the same posts, etc. as before. Again, you will
provide a small donation. If you are having difficulties or have questions, please contact me at

Thank you,
Felicity Lee

Pat Goodwin
President, Ivory Garden

Welcome Video

This site is dedicated to the support of individuals who struggle with or support those with dissociative disorders. All are welcome. The 'forum' section of the board is open to those who have dissociative disorders. It is a safe place for open discussion within the forum and chat sections, and free of charge to join and participate. There is also a blog section that is open upon registration to the site. Anyone can take the quiz, which is in no way a diagnostic tool or criteria for joining. Titles, such as 'owner', 'administrator', etc. are merely that and do not connote literal 'ownership' of this site.

Our Philosophy

We admire the strength and courage of all survivors of childhood trauma and view dissociation as one way that intelligent children adapt to and cope with early abuse. "Specifically, dissociation can unexpectedly disrupt, alter, or intrude upon a person’s consciousness and experience of body, world, self, mind, agency, intentionality, thinking, believing, knowing, recognizing, remembering, feeling, wanting, speaking, acting, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and so on. . . . These disruptions . . . are typically experienced by the person as startling, autonomous intrusions into his or her usual ways of responding or functioning. The most common dissociative intrusions include hearing voices, depersonalization, derealization, “made” thoughts, “made” urges, “made” desires, “made” emotions, and “made” actions. (Dell & O’Neil, 2009, p. xxi).

"DID is generally viewed as a developmental (condition) in which...severe and prolonged traumatic experiences can lead to the development of discrete, personified behavioral states (i.e., rudimentary alternate identities) in the child, which has the effect of encapsulating intolerable traumatic memories, affects, sensations, beliefs, or behaviors and mitigating their effects on the child’s overall development. Secondary structuring of these discrete behavioral states occurs over time through a variety of developmental and symbolic mechanisms, resulting in the characteristics of the specific alternate identities. The identities may develop in number, complexity, and sense of separateness as the child proceeds through latency, adolescence, and adulthood. DID develops during the course of childhood and rarely, if ever, derives from adult-onset trauma (unless it is superimposed on preexisting childhood trauma and preexisting latent or dormant fragmentation). The circumstances leading to the development of DID often occur in the context of relational or attachment disruption that may precede and set the stage for abuse and the development of dissociative coping." (Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 12:188–212, 2011). We believe that every survivor deserves to be treated with the utmost respect and validation. Healing is a difficult and long journey which is made so much easier with quality medical/ mental health treatment and a solid support system.

Our Support Forum

provides for members environments of acceptance, compassion, and privacy. Here at IGDID, staff supports as each member becomes more acquainted and familiar with navigating and participating on the forums. Discussion is open. All age groups are welcome to post on the board. Posts are completely private and not fed into any search engines - such as google or yahoo - as you will see on 'open boards'.

Our Chat Rooms

We have 15 Chat Rooms all with audio/video capability. Members and staff hold regular scheduled chat times for different topics, general discussion, fun activities (like karaoke), and littles/teens chat. Otherwise, the rooms are open at all times for Advanced Members, as well as having chat sessions for all members.

Our Store

Here we offer different products, gifts, etc. Proceeds from the store help us to keep the board and website running ad-free and the cost of chat rooms.


We offer for guests and member an array of resources including books Books, Articles, Members' projects, writing, and art, Members' Web Sites, and Blogs. For additional help navigating the board, applying for membership, or setting up your profile, please go to our Help Section where there are several video tutorials. Also, take a moment to read our Policies and Guidelines.

We appreciate your interest in our site.


Ivory Garden Trauma & Dissociation Community

Videos Created for Ivory Garden

What Is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

A Thank You To All Supporters of DID

A Video About Child Abuse

Recent Webinar - Survivors Supporting Survivors - Video

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