One thing I hate about professional articles and even general information on the internet. Terms that are familiar to the researchers or clinicians in their area are gobbldy-gook to the rest of us. Here are some acronyms I tripped across and/or had to look up, and some terms I used with my own interpretation of them.

Acronyms and Terms

BTDT: Been There, Done That

DDNOS:Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. In a nutshell, DDNOS is nearly DID. Here is a good description: Dissociative Spectrum. But for this blog, please consider a lot of what I write about “PTSD/DID” is essentially the same as “PTSD/DDNOS”. In fact, the most common diagnosis after repeated sexual assault is PTSD/DDNOS.

DID: Dissociative Identity Disorder

GMAFB: Give Me A Fcking Break

MPD: Multiple Personality Disorder. The old name for DID, although some debate if the two are actually the same thing. Unless otherwise specified, I use them interchangeably.

PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

For a comprehensive glossary associated with DID and PTSD, please see the SIDRAN Institutes’s Dissociative Disorders Glossary.

Translating My Terms

Below are some clarifications on terms specific to me and my posts, and my thoughts on existing terms.

<>: Ideas in carets are thoughts from a different self that are clearly interrupting the main writer. This is only used when a writing is solidly from one self and the caret’ed phrase would be confusing if not clearly identified as authored by another.

I/We: Pronoun usage can get tricky, and I am sure every person is different. For me/us, use of the pronoun “I” follows normal grammar rules. “We” is saved for when a thought is clearly supported and offered by several selves, and that fact (authoring by consensus) should be emphasized. I am not going to make a big deal of it. Often when I write it is truly “we”, but the fact that it is “I” or “we” is secondary to the content of the piece being created. So I use “I” by default. I also think that being anally correct would be more gramatically (and psychologically) jarring, so I will avoid “we” unless the emphasis is relevant. (Remind you of “Who’s on First?”)

Singleton: A term that folks with DID use to refer to those without DID. I think it is somewhat insulting, but I don’t know why.

Dear Friends: In my effort to be descriptive in my posts rather than using specific names, I am starting to realize that I have several dear friends. My mom once told me, throughout your life, you will have many acquaintances but very few true dear friends. Those who are or would be with you through everything. In the last year, I am amazed to find that I have several. Not many, but enough. I love them.


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