"Part of my fear during healing resulted from a society-wide lack of understanding concerning dissociative disorders. It is essential to understand that dissociative disorders are based in normal coping mechanisms. Dissociation is on a spectrum that ranges from, ‘I don’t remember driving home,’ to, in my case, the formation of a split personality. This truth is tragically distorted in media representations. It is not a sensational disorder as a recent movie trailer portrays. I lived as multiple personalities and no one knew—not even myself. The disorder is designed for concealing pain and I was the master of hiding.
My lifelong ability to live above my trauma and pain was a result of strength not weakness. I lived because I was dissociative—not in spite of it. Dissociative strategies saved my life, but also caused me to live right outside of my own feelings. I was too severely damaged to fully engage in my truly wonderful life." I was very fortunate to have found ways to survive which did not destroy my health, relationships, and life." Breaking Free to Mission ~ Janyne
During my healing process, I met several others who were healing from dissociative disorders. All had experienced multiple childhood traumas. It is becoming better understood as a coping strategy used by young children who experienced abuse, most often multiple episodes of sexual abuse.
The information available at this website clearly articulates the development of dissociative disorder as rooted in childhood coping strategies: