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thanx anderson! beada glad yuo posted this cuz we too has 'come uot' abuot her DID. most peoples what no us very well also no that we is DID. some of them dont really seem to get it, others is always tryign ta get a certian one of us to come uot because they thikns they is beign helpful liek when one of her littles is uot pppls. what nos us can usualy tell.........them we not like so much...........but others are very supportive adn we need supposrt from anywheir it comes from rite now. we is glad we has teelled others becaue now we does not have ta do a bunch of explaineign when someone comes uot adn does are says somethign adn some others of us dotn no nothing abuot it so in the dark. beads HATES hzveing ta explain abuot her littles also so now we dotn have to anymoer.
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I ended up telling my primary care provider about my little Hannah over the summer.... I didn't know how she'd react to it but Hannah wanted my doctor to know about her. Even though my doctor doesn't know much about DID/MPD, she accepted Hannah really easily.... A bit more easily than my counselor had (it wasn't until the first part of my psychological evaluation this past Monday that she willingly accepted Hannah and was willing to work with her--- of course the psychologist is my counselors supervisor and said she wanted my counselor to work with Hannah!).

My doctor is the same way when it comes to my "female exams"--- she's willing to wait until I'm ready and told me that if it becomes too much I can tell her and she'll stop the exam...she's even willing to do it in two appointments if necessary and let me go every 2-3 years in between instead of the traditional yearly exam.
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Thanks for this...I have always wondered what happened to me during internals
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I only tell my primary care doc that I have PTSD and depression . When I had my surgery last year, I was under the care of a wonderful psychiatrist who had ties to Mass General. She called the people she knew , explained the situation and I had the best care ever. I had a psych resident assigned to me before and after the surgery which was good because I panicked badly. They gave me a private suite so I could feel safe. I couldn't have asked for more.
On the other hand, I tried to tell my brother and sister in law about DID. The first reaction was Never , ever being allowed to babysit my neices again. The second reaction, or question, from my SIL was "So are you like Dr Jeckel & Mr Hyde?"
 
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My primary care doctor was the one who suggested that I go for a reassessment so he knows what I’m dealing with and he is very helpful. He understands that I only need an anti-depressant when I’m struggling a bit and having difficulty sleeping. Tiredness and stress are huge factors in how well I cope with the DID. I just wish my dentist knew. I tried to tell her once but it wouldn’t come out. I find I get very, very anxious and have cancelled appointments in the past. I keep planning to tell her but I don’t know her as well as I know my doctor. It’s been too difficult.
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Here too. *sigh*

...working on it though.
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Thanks for this...I have always wondered what happened to me during internals
I have a great gyn... She adjusts the speculum to fit me so it doesn't hurt and I don't have to go away. I have to do the exam as the body may have cancer as a result of the sexual abuse. I have my D&C. June 19 and then we will know for sure. Needless to say we are in mix up time. I only told her about the sexual abuse not the DID. I cannot do colonoscopy at all as the destructive ones come out. There is too much risk.

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This is so helpful. :3 My gyn knows about my childhood abuse (although not who did it, I was too scared to tell her it was my dad ), and about my abusive ex, and knows I have PTSD, but I've never managed to tell her about even the fact I dissociate, never mind that I'm multiple. :/ We haven't switched during an exam so far, but I do dissociate and get very spacey and far away 'cause it's so scary.
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are you guys hot. what the intensity of your discussion. i am interested. so whats up. i don't tell my doctor anything but what i need them to hear. i don't trust most doc's okay. but my doctor is cool she knows me better than i do. for real she can tell when i'm trippin i dont even have2 tell her. look can you trust your doctor? okay jus figure that out an you'l be staight. or jus marinate on that u kno for a minute and it'll probably jus be there u kno. its all good.
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In another thread I saw a post where the person was not sure about seeing the doctor because She would have to explain about having DID. So I thought I would post how I told my doctor. Hope this helps a few people here.

I was diagnosed MPD (which is now called DID) back in 1989. From then on I refused to see my doctor for physicals and so on. then in 2001 I entered therapy after years away from it and this therapist and I were working on my DID and I had to see my primary physician (who is also my gyn.) for a physical and meds. I didn't want to go for many reasons my having to tell mental health history was one of them. She explained to me that I don't HAVE to diclose to him my DID but It would be in my best interest for example I always lose time during the internal and my records show that one time I laugh hysterically to the point where the equipment is pushed out, other times I stiffen up What happens if one of these time Margo (a violent memory piece) gets activated. I could get seriously hurt or transported to a mental health unit because my doctor does not know what is going on. I agree with her and say ok so how do I tell him?

She said think about what you know about DID, the basics.

Ok DID starts with dissociation.
yes. what is dissociation?
Daydreaming yourself into a mental safe place when there is no physical escape.
yes. what are NORMAL acts of dissociation?
Riding or driving a car and thinking about other things instead of hit the break here, turn the corner there, daydreaming during a boring class, getting so involved in a movie that you don't pay attention to anything outside the movie.
Yes. Do you think your doctor does any of those activities.?
Yea he drives a car and likes watching movies and he had to have had alot of boring classes to become a doctor.
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I get him talking about daydreaming during those activities first then tell him that I daydreamed to get away from my stepfather so much that now the Dissociation testing shows that I am a 9-10 on the dissociation scale.
You got it.

So I went to my doctor. First I had to get him to talk off the record because my lawyer told my therapist not to disclose my DID to the DHS caseworker at that time. That was easy. he's used to my saying "officially Im doing ok" since the DHS case has been going. So he did his official exam then hams it up by leaving the room and enters again saying oops wrong room I'm not here right now.

Then I told him just like my therapist and I rehearsed - I got him talking about daydreaming while working and so on then said theres tests called DES and DDIS that I took a long time ago and I was a 10 then.

He looked at me and said and now?
havent taken the test, lawyer says no because DHS will have access to it.
uhhuh hmmmmmmmmmm Can I have your therapist name and number since I am prescribing your medication for depression it won't ring any bells for her and I to confer about your depression/PTSD treatment plans.

I smiled and gave him the information and signed a release form so the two could talk.

Now during internals I take my walkman with me and his female nurse stands right next to me so that the two of us talk through the exam. at the least uncomfortable feeling, flashbacks and so on my primary physician ends the exam.

I have not lost time, or faded into my tunnel area during exams since and I am no longer afraid or dreading the internals.
Hi I'm Kim I hate going to my regular doctor because so many of our parts have diffrent medical issues and this confusses the doctor, pluss usualy a little one is hanging around and scared...I have not had a pap smear or GYN exam because I just cant let any one ...be downn there. My therapists says to let the same alter go to each specific visit but I dont know how to do this yet....also doctors are triggers for us.
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