By Rachel Downing, L.C.S.W.-C.
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The purpose of writing this article is to provide survivors with DID and therapists who treat DID with a greater understanding of integration and life after integration. One of the least understood aspects of the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is the concept of integration. Information on this topic for professionals or individuals with DID is limited. Therapists may have difficulty explaining what integration means and how it will benefit their clients. Individuals with DID often express fear of integration. Sometimes survivors feel that the integration of personalities is disrespectful of the important role they have played in their survival.
In material written by DID survivors, integration has been referred to as the “I” word. In a recently published book for survivors with DID, therapists are advised not to discuss integration with clients until the latter stages of therapy, … ]