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This Person With Multiple Personalities Reveals What It’s Really Like

  • By Asad Tipu
  • September 7, 2017
  • 12 minutes read

Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is a supposed condition where someone has multiple people living inside their head.

Some psychologists say that this illness isn’t real. And others say it’s valid and true, because these “alters” are people with different desires and ambitions and needs. Even the way they walk, talk, sit and live is different. One imgur user, , made a post discussing their struggles with MPD, also called DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder).

This is the original post.

The user describes what it’s like to live with this condition. He also addresses that you can choose to believe him or not, that’s completely your decision. He just doesn’t care. I’ll let him take it from here.

First, to answer some basic questions…

What caused me to develop MPD/DID?

I will answer this question at the end, because it’s a bit traumatic so I don’t want to start with something so dark. Most MPD/DID is usually caused by a severely traumatic event/s.

What is a “switch”?

A switch is the moment an alternate personality (a.k.a alter) takes over and I loose all track of time.

What causes a switch?

Many things can trigger a switch. Anything from a song or smell, but usually it’s caused by large amounts of stress (for me anyways).

Do I know whats going on when I switch?

No. With the exception of one time, it’s usually like flicking a light switch of snapping your fingers. One moment I’m living my life then in the blink of an eye it could be 5 hours later.

What is the longest switch that has happened?

17 years. I’m the primary personality but not the original. I have been in control for most of our life. But occasionally the others wrestle control from my hands.

Can others tell when I’ve switched (or I’m about to)?

Yes. when I’m about to switch I develop an uncontrollable tick in my jaw (sometimes a strong tick that looks like a seizure. It usually happens because I’m fighting back).

How different is each alter?

Apparently each alter talks, walks, writes, eats and has sex differently (yes.. I just said that)

Is it painful to switch alters?

From time to time. It can be violent (for me)

How many “Alters” Do I have?

4 but it used to be 6. I have (with professional help) managed to integrate 2 alters (making me more “whole”)

Can I “hear” my alters?

For the longest time… No. But about 3 years ago I began hearing Fynn in my head (you will learn about him soon enough). I thought I had schizophrenia but after some testing we found out I didn’t. As for the others.. I don’t want to hear them.

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