Don’t Let Them Convince You That You Are Crazy

Modern society views anyone who has DID as being mentally “crazy”.  They go around trying to convince everyone (including those DID “sufferers”) that those who have DID are “crazy” and “insane”, “mentally disturbed” and as a “threat to society”.  You can go ahead and blame such movies as “Adaptation” (starring Nicholas Cage) and the “American Psyco” for making ‘normal’ citizens freak out.  After all, it’s well known: anything we can’t know about represents a threat.  Even the stuff we ‘kind of understand’ . . . never knowing what could happen.

But the truth is … we’re a lot like YOU.  We get along in society.  We hold down some kind of job.  Hell, we usually are bringing a lot more ‘to the table’ than the usual kind of folks are.  After all: we’ve got a lot more ‘minds’ inside, which easily allows us to see things from different angles, perspectives, and emotional contexts.

And yes indeed: most of us have to hide it.  The Social Perspective and the social stigma keeps us down.  Say what you will, there is a prejudice against us, not to mention the obvious social persecution, involuntary (and unwarranted) ‘lockups’ and ‘illegal’ confinements; and denials of jobs, rights (including, but not limited to: the ownership or possession of a gun; children’s custody rights, ability to ‘get around’ (meaning movement free from observation, interrogation, and other impediments), suspension of your social freedoms and rights, your assets can be frozen and then taken away . . . unethical behavior by doctors, staff, business professionals, and just plain ‘normal folks’ – and basically persecuted . . . for being what you are.   You aren’t even allowed to be human, something I and wrote about here .

It’s as bad as being a Jew hiding in Nazi Germany, or a runaway who everyone is trying to kill.  The only difference is that here there is no escape.  You gotta live in the society you’re born with . . . and (it appears) – they not only want you ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – they will stoop to illegal (or at least unethical and non-procedural) means to abuse you.  After all: look what our doctor did.  It appears someone in his office made something up . . . and then sent it on to the cops . . . who then took us on to the hospital – and nobody has any records of these things.

But don’t let ‘them’ (meaning the psychologists and such) convince you that DID means “sick in the head”.  It doesn’t.  It can mean SOME things . . . and for some, it is a painful disease.  But not for all.  For most of us it’s a normal sort of thing; a natural way of being, and we’re not having any ‘problem’ with it.  So why don’t you stop trying to convince us otherwise!!  Really, I’m telling you:

If you’re the one having a problem with it – then you’re the one with the problem.  Not me.  As for me?  I’m as happy as a clam – or as happy as I’m gonna be while this kind of shippola is going on.  Me and my DID clan are mad as hell about a “knee jerk” reaction to me being DID that resulted in us being wrongfully and unfairly locked up in an institutional ‘jail’ (for me that’s what the nuthouse was, anyway!).  The fact that some doctor can ‘call it in’ – or his own secretary go around making up some kind of crap – and getting that stuff passed through (all without the Sheriff’s office having any documentation of the event – despite the fact that they were the ones who came and took me away) – means that your own foot doctor could call YOU in and tell them you are crazy . . . and then off you go!

Just goes to show how crazy THEY are . . . and you must be for believing them when they say YOU’RE crazy . . . but it also goes to show how misguided this social prejudice and stigma kind of thing against DID folks can be . . .

So you DID “sufferers” out there – you know the ones you are – the ones who are having a good life right now and then those who are simply struggling to (and, by the way, don’t ‘normal’ people get ‘depressed’, ‘sad’, or ‘divided’ on some issue some of the time?) – don’t let them convince you are ‘sick’ or ‘insane’ and need to go get ‘healed’ or institutionalized – not if your not having any problem with it.  After all: if you’re not having a problem – why make one?  And don’t let society make one FOR you!

After all: we’re not insane.  It’s the rest of you that are the ones having the problem!*  LOL!!!

(* We realize, of course, that this is what insane people are ‘supposed to say’.  But we realize: not everyone is ‘out to get us’ and not everyone is persecuting – nor looking sideways at – their DID partner or friend.  Many of ‘them’ do not know.  However, that given . . . we are the ones who feel ‘threatened’ – by society no less! – simply for being who we are.
Go and figure that one out if you can.  Or just go and see that silly Nicholas Cage movie.  It’s a good example of how well we are so often simply . . . misunderstood.)
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About jeffssong

JW is an adult childhood abuse survivor with DID*. He grew up in a violent family devoid of love and affection. He is a military brat and veteran. He no longer struggles with that past. In 1976 JW began writing "The Boy". It took 34 years to complete. It is currently on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T3IVKK ), or if you prefer hard copy, on Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Boy-J-W/dp/1461022681). JW resides somewhere in the deep South. He is disabled and living with family. Note: Please feel free to take what you need; all is free to all. With that in mind, keep it that way to others. Thank you. We have 3 Blogs - One for our younger days, 0-10 (The Little Shop of Horrors); one for our Teen Alter and his 'friends' (also alters) with a lot of poetry; and finally "my" own, the Song of Life (current events and things)
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2 Responses to Don’t Let Them Convince You That You Are Crazy

  1. Noel says:

    Jeff, I work with people with mental illness, and I have to agree with you that these people are not a “threat” to society. They simply need help and understanding. Many of them work, volunteer, and can have a great time with others in a safe environment. They are people, just like you and me.

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  2. jeffssong says:

    We tend to do well – even in unsafe environments, as my Puerto Rican adventure and Marine Corps career (6 yrs, Meritorious Mast plus a promotion by a General while in the field) – plus an outstanding career in engineering (pharma factory included, no less) – all illustrate. I think most of the DID you see (and folks notice) are the ones who’s “system” has begun to have problems for one reason or another. It can get worse – or be worse – depending upon the severity and what’s going on. Stress is a definite ‘fracturing factor’ in causing a DID person like me to totally separate – but in a way, this Puerto Rican adventure has gotten us “together” in a way that we were . . . perhaps sometimes in the distant past, and hopefully on into the distant future.
    But for the most part: I think a lot of folks don’t understand – and that leads into fear . . . which in this case brought about an unlawful persecution and involuntary incarceration using deceptive means, improper documentation and procedure, lies by my own doctor (to me and everyone else) – and contradictory statements (written, copied – and procured by we) in which, after the police determine on Day 1 that there is no reason to take me in, he files a new statement on Day 2 with a check next to the box that says: “Has expressed recent threats of violence towards others” – which we never did or do. We don’t want to hurt anyone; just not that kind of person – never have been, never will. This is sort of attested to in the first document from the doctor’s file on Day 1 where he (or his wife, rather) states “I asked (the officers) about taking him (us) to the hospital psych ward. They said they couldn’t do that because he wasn’t suicidal or homicidal….”

    But you wouldn’t believe how hard it’s been just to get the records. Apparently the Sheriff’s officer’s aren’t required to file reports when they take in “mental patients”. They just get an order (a fax from any doctor would do – even one from your gynecologist, LOL! – and off you go. No paperwork needed, and neither they nor the hospital will tell your family anything (privacy act restrictions, you know . . . you just suddenly come home and find your spouse has gone missing . . .). It’s really insane – and for us it was not only highly abusive, but very destructive as well – to our relationships, our family – and eventually our budget when the bill for services comes due – services that we never needed, never wanted, and yet were forced to accept . . . on our own bill.

    It ain’t quite right, I’m telling you. And (do I need to ask? Is this the human thing to do?) – I’m feeling a mite bit upset (all right, maybe a little bit more than a bit – but I’ve learned: we can’t be quite ‘human’ – or they’re gonna lock us up again) – about all this??

    (sigh)
    where’s a good newsman when you want one. Or a lawyer, for that matter? (One that I can afford, being a Marine living on SS disability and all).
    You tell me.
    (a little bit sad and dejected right here . . . moving on)

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