Hello there, I am a psychology student that has recently been found I had alters and diagnosed with D.I.D through the Pottergate centre.
For a very simplified rundown of what D.I.D is "A mental health condition, people with dissociative identity disorder (DID) have two or more separate personalities. These identities control a person’s behaviour at different times. DID can cause gaps in memory and other problems." It is our reality and this is very real, please do not dismiss our experience and is a result of trauma to our knowledge.
After facing recent traumatic events (Getting out of an abusive/damaging relationship for 3 years) and coping with the idea of being a system. We have found ourselves struggling to function resulting in us having to take where we had to drop our part-time job about a year ago, take ATW last year and take it again this year.
We have been advised by our university to seek therapy and support, and if we are still unwell for next year we can renew the ATW.
We have found ourselves in a potion where we've had to fund our mental health care ourselves due to the NHS long waiting times and the lack of education within the NHS conditions and the general mental health sphere like ours own where we have been misdiagnosed and misunderstood. This cost a lot of resources just to explore what was causing our issues. Now we have found it, it'll cost even more.
What we have been recommended for safe and effective treatment for our condition is twice a week with a specialist D.I.D or a therapist willing to be supervised and trained to help us. We are unable to work due to the current struggles we are facing with this condition (Such as switching to having altered under 14 becoming to the front, with severe trauma and anxiety or might not have the skills to do it or being scared as they don't know where they are - This should improve with the therapy we need) and our parents are not in the situation to aid us with it finance to the degree needed.
We had DSA last year to help fund the disabilities we thought we had for mentors and extra support to the point of assessment extensions of 2 weeks.
Is it possible to use DSA to help fund our therapy if we are on ATW? Or is there another form of support we can access to fund the specialised therapy required if it's not available through the NHS? We need support now, we have suicidal alters, intense internal conflicts and more amnesia barriers than we had before the start of our studies (Two years ago?).
If there is any advice you can give finically, we would greatly appreciate it.
If you would like to learn more about D.I.D here are some helpful links to make sense of our struggles but it's not a cookie-cutter framework like any mental health condition.