Tag Archive: Structural Dissociation

The charts of my own DID personality


The schema’s of my way of thinking
read also the summary that goes with them:

The biggest misunderstanding within talking about DID comes with the ANP parts

Some call them a hosts, some call them alters, some call them my other personality’s and some call them all ANP’s. To me-us that is pretty confusing. So we had a very long talk about the ANP’s with our clinical teacher and therapist. Sometimes I’m asking his head of he says, but each time he has the patience to work through my questions in order to make understandable for me how and why I created parts to function, why they are there, what there function is in the whole system and why they refuse or didn’t learn how to work together.

The Neuro typical clinical nerd and a traumatized autistic (Asperger) woman can bring some pretty hilarious situations, but also creative findings in way’s to understand each other. I started to make visible to my therapist the schema’s which I created in my head and which are very helpful to understand things. This made also possible that my therapist could guide me to a therapeutically process.
You could think ‘wow that is a bunch of work’ but to me it isn’t.
It’s how I think, picturing things in my brain, it’s how I function and understand the outside world.

A clinical glimpse into my own DID personality

my own three ANP/EP daily life emotion & tasks handling systems




the 3 DID houses


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Some educational N€uro Brain cracking

Let’s do a little educational N€uro brain cracking 🙂

(the magic of our brain complexity)

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What is the Amygdala? What Does it Do?

The amygdala, part of the brain’s limbic system, is the integration site of emotional learning. It sits in front of and connected to your hippocampus (the seat of episodic and autobiographical memory). Although you often hear it associated with fear, the amygdala is also involved in pleasurable emotions. If you’re experiencing intense emotions you can bet that your amygdala is active. Without it you would have what’s called a flat affect. You would not make the connections between dangerous signs or social situations and the anxiety that motivates you to act.

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pre frontal cortex


What is the Pre-Frontal Cortex?

The Prefrontal Cortex is the site of executive function, social functioning, decision-making. The cortex, which means “bark” in latin is where you represent the value of decisions. You represent your goal-directed behaviors and impulse control here.

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What is the Hippocampus?

The hippocampus, named for its seahorse-like shape, is the site of episodic and autobiographical memory. Memories with “What, where, when” components are woven into narrative form thanks to the hippocampus. It also manages spatial navigation and combines previous memories with new events to create novel precepts.

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Insular Cortex


What is the Insular Cortex?

The insula is the site of integration of the signals from the rest of your body systems. We often refer to this sense as interoception. Think of it as your Spidey sense.
In that way, the insula is the seat of consciousness, your sense of self, managing homeostasis (your internal chemical, temperature, immune and emotional balance). It also calculates your social emotions based on your body sensations. Next time you have a gut feeling about someone or you get goosebumps during a scary scene to go with the chills down your back…thank your Insula.

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Anterior Cingulate Cortex
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What is the Anterior Cingulate Cortex?

Got conflict?
The anterior cingulate cortex is the place in your brain that monitors errors, surprises, and violated expectations. It fires off when you do something as simple as write a sentence that you disagree with. It’s not your moral center of your brain. It just manages expectations in a way. It’s simplest to think of it as the alert function in your brain. When it’s time to divert your attention and bring something into conscious awareness, that’s your ACC at work. In labs we would watch for findings in the event-related potential(ERP) like Error-related negativity.

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Neglect versus Trauma

Is it Trauma or isn’t it Trauma

(c) Nique

‘Neglect’; a lack of attention or too much suffocating attention
‘Trauma’; severe wounding, severe abuse or experiencing a very shocking event

Is neglect the same thing as emotional or psychological ‘abuse’ – you are nothing, you are a bad kid, you are a stupid kid, I don’t want you, you mess up my life, you weren’t born by my own choice, etc.) ?

                  • My answer to this question is: NO

Can neglect alone cause a PTSD or a Trauma related disorder such as SD – see small summary of SD ?

                  • My answer to that question is also: NO

Lots of people have the habit of mixing words or concepts, and explaining things more difficult than they really are. Keep it simple to the meaning of the ‘word or a concept’. Think a little autistic like me (a smile can heal so much), because we (I’m not alone in this) don’t want to out-think academic’s, researchers, Dr.’s or Ph.D.’s, etc. we only want to straighten something out in order to understand ‘the clinical concept of Trauma’

We have two concepts which causes the most confusion in whether it is or isn’t Trauma related:

  1. Severe wounding, abuse or experiencing a very shocking events, can cause a trauma related disorder (complex) PTSD
  2. Severe neglect – a lack of attention or too much suffocating attention –  can cause severe psychological and or an emotional disorder (f.e. a severe attachment e.g. personality disorder)

Lots of people mix up those two concepts and that causes confusion and misunderstanding to the meaning of suffering a clinical Trauma related disorder such as a (Complex) Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a Trauma related structural dissociation of the personality (SD a Dissociative Disorder DD).

  1. You can have experienced a Traumatic event or suffered traumatic experiences  (clinical interpretation)
  2. Or you can ‘feel’ like Traumatized  (a Personal emotional interpretation)

So I want to give you all something to think about:

Neglect isn’t a traumatic event (severe wounding, severe abuse or experiencing a very shocking event). Although people can personally experience neglect as traumatic, it can lead to a very severe attachment or personality disorder. Let me give an Example: lots of people with a personality disorder feel emotionally abused, traumatized (a personal feeling). Very often this even comes as a symptom of a personality e.g. attachment disorder.  And also the term neglect stands to a mental explanation of ‘feeling neglected’. An infant is not (yet) able to make such a mental connection and reacts only by survival instinct.

But….. there is a little but
very severe neglect during infancy can lead to suffering psychical pain or wounding such as starvation or pressure ulcers, but than you also no longer speak of neglect but of ‘child abuse’. And child abuse can lead to a trauma related disorder.

And please keep in mind, we don’t discuss the severity of a disorder!
Because every emotional or psychological disorders causes agony in life, it’s all likewise ‘severe’ to suffer a disorder!


A Dissociative Disorder (DP/DR/DD/OSDD/DID) is a clinical ‘co-morbidity’ disorder. So there are more disorders that can cause a Dissociative Disorder. And please note, the abbreviation of a Dissociative Disorder is DD and not DID. DID is a DD, but DD isn’t a DID

The main 2 causes of a Dissociative Disorder (DD):

  1. Trauma; PTSD, complex-PTSD and very complex PTSD
  2. A personality or severe attachment disorder such as a Borderline disorder or other personality disorders

So we can say: DD a Plus + Plus: co-morbidity disorder

  1. DD + (C) PTSD or a trauma related disorder such as a structural dissociation of the personality (SD)
  2. DD + (C) PTSD (SD) a development disorder such as Autism or a other clinical disorder
  3. DD + a Personality disorder or other Disorder that causes the Dissociative Disorder (no trauma)
  4. DD + a Personality disorder + (C) PTSD (SD) = a personality disorder with trauma – OSDD


Published: 28 may 2014
This topic Blog will be discussed and therefore I make adjustments if needed and also if there are other explanations which saws wood. If this line is gone, the discussion of this topic has come to an end. (C) Nique