I am Blu. I'm 27, and for the majority of my life, I've struggled with my mental health, which finally resulted in me being diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder 3 years ago.
It's not an easy disorder to live with, and it's even harder when not many people know what it is. I have always wanted to do a 5K run, and so when the Color Me Rad run came to my city I snapped up the opportunity, and I've decided to combine it to do something else that I've always wanted to do - fundraise for First Person Plural.
What is DID?
Dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder or MPD), is characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities (known as alters or alternate personalities) alternately control a person's behavior, and is accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness and is caused by prolonged and severe childhood abuse.
Why First Person Plural?
First Person Plural are especially important to me because they're a very small UK charity who are led by volunteers who are people who are surviwho have lived-experience of DID or other childhood-trauma-related complex dissociative condition with a similar presentation such as OSDD/DDNOS type 1 (Otherwised Specified Dissociative Disorder/Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified)
These conditions are commonly unrecognised and very often misdiagnosed as another mental and/or physical health problem which leads to a self-fulfilling myth that they are rare.
First Person Plural works to facilitate mutual support between our members and provides information and training towards improving recognition of and the services available for people with lived experience of childhood-trauma-related dissociative identity disorder or similar complex dissociative condition.
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