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Stories of Survivors With Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Qualitative Investigation of Symptoms, Traumatic Experiences, and Relationships

Lamerial McRae, Gulnora Hundley, Hope Bell, and Jesse Fox

2017

Individuals diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID) experience both
challenges and advantages in their intrapersonal (e.g., relationship to self) and
interpersonal (e.g., relationship to others) relationships. However, limited
research focuses on survivors of DID and their subjective experiences of their
relationships with self and others. Thus, this study examined individuals
diagnosed with DID (n = 12) and their perspectives on symptomology, selfdisclosing
their diagnosis, and the impact of surviving DID in relationships.
Results identified several areas describing the DID phenomenon including
symptoms, abuse and trauma history, consequences of diagnosis disclosure, and
coping mechanisms.

Keywords: dissociative identity disorder, subjective experiences, classical content
analysis

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