Authors: Diana Hunt and Vicki Jones, QLD
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Treatments and Diagnosis, case study,
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper looks at the benefits of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) support groups run by post-therapy facilitators. Previously thought to be a rare mental illness, DID is now understood to be a relatively common condition in which the personality becomes fragmented into two or more distinct identities (Ross, 1997). Support groups facilitated by someone who has healed from DID can provide a nurturing and safe environment which, combined with the added benefit of people with similar experiences, provides an atmosphere of heartfelt empathy and healing encouragement. This paper also presents a case study portraying a personal journey from fragmentation to wholeness. A DID support group was a major and crucial element of this journey and an invaluable component of the healing triad discussed in this paper. This support group is now run by an integrated facilitator who is also one of the authors of this report.