I’m a fan of this blog on health and nutrition that is just phenomenal. Really, really great.* Browsing the blog’s Facebook page yesterday, I came across a link to this article, along with the following introduction:
Mental health issues are ABSOLUTELY metabolic. Sleep is one of the most important keys for metabolic balance. Good sleep can regulate everything from your sex hormones to your appetite and energy levels. Now research is linking poor sleep to schizophrenia.
What We Say Impacts Others
At first, I was super irritated. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that it’s not that she’s wrong. In fact, I’m not convinced she is. It’s more that you can’t toss slivers of information on complex, emotive, and life-altering conditions out into the ether in such a casual, breezy way without a healthy respect for how seriously people may take you. Well, you can. But it seems … I don’t know, irresponsible? I’m not sure. It just doesn’t sit well with me. All I could think about was that someone with schizophrenia might get completely wrapped up in her statements, throw away their meds, and spiral out of control before they ever achieve that all-important metabolic balance.
What I Say about Dissociative Identity Disorder May Impact People Living with It
I remember what it was like to feel so confused and desperate for answers that other people’s thoughts on Dissociative Identity Disorder had the power to completely uproot whatever tentative grounding I may have had at any given time. I was a half-drowned person, getting caught in undertow after undertow. It was a dangerous time in my life.
Frankly, I worry about being someone’s undertow.
How Do I Blog Responsibly about Dissociative Identity Disorder?
Still, one of the biggest problems I have with psychiatry’s attitude around Dissociative Identity Disorder, is that it’s infantilizing. And I’m not really interested in participating in what I see as a stupendously arrogant assumption: you’re too fragile to handle what I have to say about DID.
It’s not like I’ve towed the traditional, ‘DID is multiple personalities and it’s caused by severe child abuse’ line or anything. So I don’t know exactly why I’m concerned about it now. My policy has always been that I’m responsible for my words, not how they are received. And I stand by that. I guess it’s just that, as my understanding of Dissociative Identity Disorder evolves, I find myself re-evaluating what “I’m responsible for my words” means.
*I feel like a heel for introducing you to Elizabeth Walling for the first time in a way that may end up putting some of you off. Because her blog is, in my opinion, an absolute must-read for anyone struggling with the short and long-term effects of trauma. For example, check out her tips on lowering cortisol (popularly known as “the stress hormone” and possibly the #1 reason so many people with chronic trauma backgrounds struggle with their weight).