Hi! My name is Elvia Vineflower*, also known as the Vineflower System. You might have met me under another name. Nope, not faking it: those are other personalities.
What does OSDD mean?
OSDD stands for Otherwise Specified Dissociative Disorder. There are many people out there that go through their daily routine with dissociative symptoms, but not all of these people meet the full diagnostic criteria for the dissociative disorders.
OSDD-1 focuses on people that appear similar to individuals with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), but don’t fit all five criteria** for DID.
OSDD-1 is split up in two categories, OSDD-1A and OSDD-1B. I have OSDD-1B.
Those with OSDD-1A have alters, but they are not distinct enough to fit the DID criteria. The personalities are similar, they are like different versions of the host. It could be that these personalities are the host at different ages, or they are just like alter egos that developed over time.
Those with OSDD-1B have distinct alters, but they don’t experience amnesia between the parts. The information flow between alters is much more consistent than with DID systems. It’s easier for someone with OSDD-1B to have all alters co-conscious at the same time than it would be for someone with DID.
I hope you found this interesting, I will post more about OSDD-1B soon!
*Technically, my real name is Elise. Elvia is just a way prettier name that I like to use as a pseudonym.
** 1. Two or more distinct identities or personality states are present, each with its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to and thinking about the environment and self.
2. Amnesia must occur, defined as gaps in the recall of everyday events, important personal information and/or traumatic events. This criteria for DID newly recognizes that amnesia doesn’t just occur for traumatic events but, rather, everyday events, too.
3. The person must be distressed by the disorder or have trouble functioning in one or more major life areas because of the disorder.
This criterion is common among all serious mental illness diagnoses as diagnosis is not appropriate where the symptoms do not create distress and/or trouble functioning.
4. The disturbance is not part of normal cultural or religious practices.
This DID criterion is to eliminate diagnosis in cultures or situations where multiplicity is appropriate. An example of this is in children where an imaginary friend is not necessarily indicative of a mental illness.
5. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (such as blackouts or chaotic behavior during alcohol intoxication) or a general medical condition (such as complex partial seizures).