What D.i.D. Is
Many people have the ability to dissociate.
It is not uncommon for someone to daydream, get lost in a movie or a song playing on the radio—but for the dissociation to become a disorder it must interfere with everyday life.
This typically happens as a way for the brain to cope from repeated traumatic memories, and there are several different forms of dissociation:
Dissociative Amnesia: Occurs when a person blocks out certain information from stressful or traumatic events. The person is left with extreme memory loss that goes beyond the normal forgetfulness and includes gaps in memory for long periods of time involving the traumatic event.
Depersonalization Disorder: Depersonalization is a feeling of disconnection from one's body, thoughts, or emotions. The person may experience feeling as if they are outside their bodies,They may feel like they're floating in a bubble or being a back seat driver with no control of the wheel. This person may have no control over their thoughts and sometimes their actions.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): Usually this occurs in those who have experienced prolonged stress of torture, abuse, or captivity in early childhood. The disorder is most commonly develop between the age of infants to 9 years old . DID is a hidden coping skill that creates the mind to split off emotions, personality traits, characteristics, and memories into separate compartments which then develop multiple personality states. These personality states can have their own names and personal history. Personalities can take over at any given time but most common when the person is under stress or triggered by a traumatic event. A person with DID may experience periods during which they question, reject or detach from their awareness of who they are and may have no memory when another personality takes over.
Dissociative Disorder NOS (Not Otherwise Specified): Does not meet the criteria for any specific Dissociative Disorder and clinician chooses not to specify the reason that the criteria are not met.
Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD): Does not meet the criteria for any specific Dissociative Disorder and clinician chooses to specify the reason that the criteria are not met.
What We Do
"We are people, not a mental health problem."
We recognize that God reaches us in many different ways. We share grace and love while searching for understanding and compassion to those that have been affected by child abuse.
"Come as you are."
This means we welcome people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, etc. We believe loving Jesus is about personal relationship, and we desire to share Christ's love with others without judgement.
DID Discovering Hope currently has two support groups located in the Tampa Bay area, where survivors can feel safe to share their struggles and victories with other survivors.
We also have opportunities for survivors to express themselves with art, music, dance, and creativity to share hope, victories, and their unique stories with others.
We also write monthly articles on topics such as coping skills, life with D.I.D., techniques that have helped other survivors, and updates regarding upcoming events and meetings.
We are part of a larger network of missionaries.
We function as part of the Underground Network, an organization of over 140 local 'microchurches' that is in over 10 cities worldwide.