posted on Apr, 27 2009 @ 02:48 AM
Hi. I want to know if any of you know or live with someone who suffers from this disorder. Someone very close to me (I'll call him Mr. X) was
recently diagnosed with this (about 8 months ago) after going through a large number of different therapists and psychiatrists. He also took a variety
of several anti-depressants which he says never really helped him.
He finally found a great psychiatrist who took him off the meds in order to start real intense therapy without the numbness of feelings created by the
meds. Luckily, the psychiatrist is the same person who does his therapy.
After a few months in therapy, Mr. X started showing his different personalities in a more clear fashion, very scary at times, I must say, to see
someone change so much in a matter of a few minutes. Sometimes to not even remember what any of his other "alters" had said.
Eventually, Mr. X seemed to be "remembering" stressful events in his life from early childhood, and although he has shared what he remembers with
me, none of his childhood experiences are so bad (in my and other people's opinion) to have caused such a great trauma to have made him develop
alternate personalities to cope with his life. Maybe he still does not remember something truly traumatic? Maybe he's still repressing the memory?
His therapist started trying hypnosis in some of their sessions together.
His numbness was replaced by an overwhelming wave of emotion (even before the hypnosis therapy). He became way too sensitive, had crying bouts, maybe
4-7 throughout the day, but I mean, full-blown sobbing. Enough to make his daily life non-functional, sometimes even having to leave his office
because he couldn't stop crying. A few times he asked me to drive because he had to sob.
He started talking of killing himself, his psychiatrist increased his therapies from once a week to 2 or 3 a week. Just a few days ago, his
psychiatrist finally put him back on a low dose of anti-depressants because his crying, apathy, pessimism and lethargy were getting out of control.
One of his alters has been a very angry person, with a huge chip on his shoulder, intolerant, but never ever agressive.
Other seems to be a child who keeps asking for someone to take care of him, his voice even becomes whiny.
And when it seem to be the real him, he's a great guy, A-type personality, top position in his company, used to be a highly functioning man who was
keeping a bunch of personal demons hidden for years until now.
But, this is all wreaking havoc in my house. It is getting to be way too much for me to handle. He's now treating me like dirt, like he does not want
me around, other times he clings to me and asks me not to let him fail....those alters are screwing with him big time.
The psychiatrist told me point blank that barely any marriage makes it through something as extreme and complicated as this. There is no cure for it,
it can only be controlled but not in all cases, and a large percentage of patients who suffer from this end up being hospitalized for some time.
So, I would really like it if someone could share their experiences with me.
[edit on 4/27/2009 by haika]