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How do I get a diagnosis?

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How do I get a diagnosis?

Post by Guest on 7/4/2012, 2:42 pm

My name is Amber, I can't remember anything before the age of 12, I don't even think I existed before then...
I've had my suspicions about having DID for a while but now, I'm sure.
I switch several times a day, I don't even do half my classes at college and in some of them I get called Rachel.
I don't identify with the body's name because that's not me and my family and friends say I act, speak and respond to different names.
They are Scarlet, Rachel, Emrys, Amber, Miku, Henry and Holly. Using Indigo (our friend) I've managed to gather a lot of data about them and we communicate via notes and paper.
I did go to see a therapist at Limetrees (a centre near where I live) but scars started to appear on my body and Indigo told me that Emrys and Rachel hated it so I left before something bad happened and I never got a diagnosis. That woman never seemed to believe me any way even though I'm sure we switched in an actual session once or twice. How do I get a diagnosis/ get people to take me seriously? Rachel didn't even know our mother had died until Indigo told her I think that's a pretty big indicator that we have actual memory gaps!
We're going to university next year and we'll need help there to but without an official diagnosis we're not going to get any. Where, where, where do I go? It's obvious I have it so... help?
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Re: How do I get a diagnosis?

Post by Guest on 7/4/2012, 5:08 pm

You need to go to a doctor who is a DID or PTSD specialist. Check online for people in your area. Look for someone who is with ISSD www.isst-d.org/

They will know what to look for and what questions to ask. Just tell them what it going on. I know it is scary to lay it out but it is what you need to do.

Good Luck

Let us know how it goes, if you want to.

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Re: How do I get a diagnosis?

Post by kkruty on 7/4/2012, 5:22 pm

trauma specialists are good too. they should believe you. get that diagnosed.
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Re: How do I get a diagnosis?

Post by felicity on 7/4/2012, 5:43 pm

Agreed - I was diagnosed after being given days of evaluations and assessments at a trauma unit (hospital). I was previously diagnosed with PTSD.

I think that you will find trauma doctors and therapists all take folks who have survived trauma and are now struggling very seriously.



     

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Re: How do I get a diagnosis?

Post by Nicolette on 7/4/2012, 6:10 pm

I think if you went in and said I have DID, straight out there's more tendency not to believe you. Docs don't like being told their job in my experience. (for example if you had pain in your leg and told the doc you know it was cancer, they would still would want to disbelieve and test for it).

I would present and focus on the symptoms, people know you by other names, you lose time, have memory gaps.....and say it looks alot like what you have researched about DID.
and I agree find someone who does trauma work.

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Re: How do I get a diagnosis?

Post by sasha69 on 7/7/2012, 5:53 pm

we agree with the others too! finding a T and pdoc that knows and understands DID and childhood truama is so important!

but we also know that you can help those within to as you find a team to help you heal.

take things slowly and if you can get the team together before you start school.

listening and caring
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Re: How do I get a diagnosis?

Post by ~lily on 7/14/2012, 6:11 am

A diagnosis, in my opinion, is not really the most important thing; the most important thing is to find a therapist that is able to support you and believe you in a way that you need; not just one that will throw a diagnosis at you. I have found that most good therapists do not care about giving a diagnosis but instead care about providing you all with the support that you need.

I hope that helps, somewhat.

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Re: How do I get a diagnosis?

Post by Like A Pheonix on 7/14/2012, 6:26 am

I agree with what the others have said.

I started simply by talking about my experiences in therapy and by taking in the conversations i would have on a steno pad when they first let me know they were truly there.

It didn't take long for our T to see we were DID. I'm not sure how it is where you live, how seriously they take the disorder. We hope you can find the help you're seeking, it's great that you are seeking it.

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Re: How do I get a diagnosis?

Post by Morgan on 7/31/2012, 5:04 am

We researched in the library of a nearby junior college and found the symptoms we were experiencing were consistant with did. we then tried to tell our therapist about it but was unable to because we weren't centered yet and were being blocked by some of the others. one day i asked my therapist if she thought we were a multiple and she said "I believe we can diagnose you with that". it wasn't easy finding a good theapist but i thank my higher power whom I choose to be Jesus that she was as good as she was. trust your instincts and reach out to therapists always asking straight up, "do you believe in did" if the answer is no move on.



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Re: How do I get a diagnosis?

Post by Guest on 11/8/2012, 7:39 am


Hi Amber,
So many great posts about your question. I think before I even go to see a therapist I would ask if they believe in DID and if they have ever worked with anyone with that dx. If the answer is yes then I would go and just be ourselves.

Now days I more often try to talk myself and my T out of the dx I have which is DID and I find that weather I (we) believe we have DID we still get lots of good therapy and everyone learns a lot from our sessions. Today I believe I have DID.

I was dx'd the first session I went to but I took something I had drawn with me and also shared about the circumstances of my early childhood background. Perhaps you can ask Indigo to speak with the next therapist you go to and share some of your childhood.Hope this helps.



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