I am so paranoid about having OSDD1-a. I'm not sure what counts as autonomous parts and what's just internal family systems parts.All I can go off of is that I don't hear voices and I don't have blackouts.I dissociate so much and I do self guided internal family systems therapy. Parts work makes so much sense to me but how can I tell if what's going on is to the point of 1-a?It stresses me out
Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD)
Hi I’m also looking for answers related to 1a, I know shell parts can act as a transitional identity and is mainly a result of MC/RA trauma. it’s interesting that 1-a is the type which has an ‘acting as normal part’ or the shell has this role which can cause a lot of self and peer doubt as you can have times of function. But if you have specific symptoms that are making you question maybe talking these through with a dissociation specialist could be helpful
I do want to see one or at least a therapist that understands dissociation. Regardless of the 1a question, I have DPDR issues 😭 I do IFS and have written out parts but I don’t know if they count as dissociative parts. I don’t think I’m necessarily a shell alter if I do have OSDD. At least I hope
long response but hopefully this helps a little…within the theory of structural dissociation, the line between C-PTSD and OSDD can /sometimes/ be thin. PTSD is where the primary stage starts. C-PTSD, OSDD, and some personality disorders fit in the secondary stage. DID (+ possibly some cases of OSDD-1b) would fit in the tertiary stage of structural dissociation. this is all to say that it may not be necessary to label your experience as OSDD unless it becomes relevant in your life and/or treatment. I myself get really paranoid about if I could meet the requirements for OSDD or not (specifically because of OCD or how I overanalyze how my brain works 😅).
and I’ve heard mixed opinions on IFS work, my current therapist utilizes it sparingly? some systems have said IFS invalidated their experiences and that it seems harmful for singlets. the creator of IFS seems iffy to me, but otherwise I can see the benefits as long as it doesn’t spark that paranoia in singlets. systems, of course, need separate treatment plans. anyway, though, I would definitely see a professional that specializes in dissociation…or a counselor that is knowledgeable enough (like you mentioned) at the very least. it’s clear that you’re dealing with this chronically and you deserve access to the proper resources.
Yeah I love researching Structural Dissociation. I get what you mean by Cptsd and OSDD having a blurry line. I’ve also heard the creator of IFS is iffy 😬 But I do know genuinely IFS even by myself has been more helpful in the past year than anything I’ve tried on my own. I’ve also decided that even if I count as having OSDD, it’s likely 1a and I’d still treat it like IFS. The paranoia just sticks around 😭 I do have like 2-3 types of OCD too, one being rumination about my mental health. I def had the paranoia before IFS cause my girlfriend had DID and so do some of the friends I’ve met through her. If you wanna talk more about this, Def message me
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